On Thursday February 8th, The Ireland Funds, in partnership with the City Club of Chicago and The Irish Fellowship Club, hosted almost 200 people at a special luncheon featuring An Tánaiste (deputy Irish Prime Minister), Micheál Martin.
Áine Mallaghan, Vice President of The Ireland Funds Midwest, welcomed guests and introduced Tánaiste Martin to the stage.
As part of his remarks, the Tánaiste announced that the Irish Government will open Ireland House in Chicago in the Fall of 2024. The Tánaiste said Chicago is a region with a significant Irish diaspora and strong and mutually beneficial economic relationships with Ireland.
Mr Martin said: “Our strategy for the United States sets out a clear commitment to strengthening our relationships with States and regions across the country. Opening a new Ireland House in Chicago is a clear signal of this intent and of our desire to grow Ireland’s connections in Chicago and the wider Midwestern United States.”
“Our historic relationships here are built on an energetic and engaged Irish community and vibrant economic and cultural links. Ireland House Chicago will mark a new and exciting chapter and play a central role in unlocking potential and new opportunities that will benefit both Ireland and the Midwest.”
The Tánaiste concluded his remarks with a question-and-answer session facilitated by The Ireland Funds Chicago Advisory Committee member and CEO of Navy Pier, Marilynn Gardner.
The Tánaiste then spent time meeting and talking with those gathered before departing for a meeting with Illinois Governor, JB Pritzker.