Published on Friday23rdJune2017

Taoiseach Addresses Ireland Funds Worldwide Conference Dinner

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Pictured are His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening addressed the Ireland Funds Worldwide Conference Dinner.

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $550 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefitting more than 3,000 different organizations.

An Taoiseach said:

When The Ireland Funds were established, this country was a much gloomier and much more pessimistic place. We had a faltering economy, armed conflict in Northern Ireland, and a certain insecurity about how we should resolve the many problems we faced. 

So much has changed in the meantime, and so much is due to your belief and support. 

Today we have a peaceful, prosperous society, an optimistic and hopeful people, and a growing self-confidence about how to meet challenges new and old.  You have helped this country move to become a Republic of Opportunity by your incredible support for the non-profit sector, by your commitment to the most vulnerable in our society, and by encouraging us as a nation to believe in ourselves. 

When it comes to idealism that inspires, the Ireland Funds provides a perfect model.  You have been our friends and champions, in good times and in bad.

Through your continuing support for Ireland, you have been instrumental in promoting peace, equality and opportunity across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities worldwide.

Read An Taoiseach's full speech here.