Cathaoirleach attends function for U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle

Cathaoirleach attends function for U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle Attending the function for Congressman Brendan Boyle ( right) were Eamon Scanlon, TD and Cathaoirleach Councillor Seamus Kilgannon.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Seamus Kilgannon made a presentation to U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle at an event in his honour in Enniscrone. Congressman Boyle, who has west Sligo and Donegal roots, is Speaker in the Philadelphia House of Representatives.

Economic development

In his address, the Cathaoirleach said  it was a special occasion for the people of this area. ‘From Sligo County Council’s perspective, we fully appreciate

the strategic importance of our Irish-American association, which operate at a number of levels. The role of the Irish in America is well documented; it embraces every field of endeavour from business to politics to arts to community.  The transformation in local government in Ireland in recent  years  has brought new responsibilities  and challenges to local  authorities, with economic development now one of our key  areas of  endeavour. It is an agenda we have embraced with  great  enthusiasm and ambition, and it provided the context to  our recent engagement with friends in America.

 

Strategic partnership

In recent months Sligo County Council has attended meetings  with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to discuss a partnership between Stewart Airport in New York and Ireland West Airport. Our Council has joined with other local Authorities in this region to support the  Ireland West International Trade Centre in  Providence,  Rhode Island, which will provide opportunities for local Irish  companies to expand their markets  abroad.  

 

Enterprise

These initiatives  are indicative of our strategic  ambitions and the enormous potential of these very significant  connections  Sligo is the centre for economic growth in the northwest, it has  so much to offer as a prime location for new enterprise and  cultural tourism,  and in that context we look forward to discussing  future plans and proposals with our special guest this evening.’

 

Support network

The Cathaoirleach concluded his address by paying tribute to Congressman Boyle and his colleagues ‘who work  alongside  the various Sligo Associations in America  provide a valuable support  network  in helping new emigrants  overcome the many challenges offered by a  new country, a new  culture and a new working environment, and this is  greatly  appreciated by their family and friends at home. The Cathaoirleach also thanked Easkey Community Council ‘for their tremendous work in hosting this special visit, which is greatly appreciated by the people of West Sligo.’