Due to intensifying talks in Northern Ireland the Tánaiste Simon Coveney was unable to be our guest speaker on the 11th June. However Ms. Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for European Affairs did the honours and gave a very interesting and informative speech to all those present. It was focused on the trading links between Ireland, Belgian and Luxembourg and how important the Eurpean Union is to each country. Ireland in particular is relying on the support and membership of the union due to the uncertainty of Brexit. The Government are working behind the scenes to secure the best possible scenario for Ireland. We have to be prepared regardless of the outcome as the growth of our economy and future trading depends on a positive and constructive agreement.
It was a pleasure to have the Belgian Ambassador Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw and the Luxembourg Ambassador Jean Olinger in attendance. Also our Honorary Consul to Luxembourg and Vice-President of the Chamber, Ivan Healy together with his delightful wife Celine.
A special presentation was made to Minister McEntee which included three hand-made ceramic seed pods from artist Patricia Baynes and a hand crafted vase from Shona McCarthy. As mature students both ladies were proud and honoured to present their end of year work to the Minister.
The event was hosted by the AIB in their impressive new offices at 10 Molesworth Street. A special mention to Mick Murray who oversaw the proceedings with great skill and expertise. The food and wine were excellent and the staff extremely helpful and attentive on the evening.
It was another excellent and successful event for the BLCC in Ireland.