10th September, 2013

New York Reception honoring Loretta Brennan Glucksman 2013

Reception with First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland honoring Loretta Brennan Glucksman

Loretta Brennan Glucksman was honored for her contribution to seeking peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland by Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness at the Liam Neeson Penthouse Suite in Fitzpatrick’s Grand Central Hotel, Manhattan.

The evening was attended by business and political leaders including Senator George Mitchell, Commissioner Ray Kelly, Ambassador Dan Rooney and a number of American Ireland Fund Board Directors; John Fitzpatrick, Duncan Niederauer, Anne Finucane, Kip Condron, Susan Davis, Tom Codd, Tom Quick, John Sharkey and Ken Gorman.

The Ministers were visiting New York to attend a series of meetings with potential investors and leading American business figures.  The First Minster, Peter Robinson said that Loretta “has been instrumental in helping us establish Northern Ireland as one of Europe’s top locations for foreign direct investment”.  The deputy First Minister thanked Loretta Brennan Glucksman and the Fund for their “outstanding contribution to Ireland as a strong supporter of business, philanthropy, education and the peace process” and also stressed that, “The USA has played, and continues to play, a key role in the achievement of peace and economic development in the north of Ireland.  We have enjoyed a unique relationship which, in a world characterized by change, is something we value highly”.

Loretta Brennan Glucksman highlighted the achievements of Mr. Robinson and Mr. McGuinness and she stressed that the Fund and Irish America generally remained fully committed to play its part in bringing the peace process to its full and fruitful conclusion.