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Monday, February 27, 2017, New York, NY:

Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Announced as Guest Speaker
for Business Summit on Ireland-U.S. Economic Relations

The Business Summit on Ireland-U.S. Economic Relations in New York City in March will kick off with an opening night dinner on Wednesday, March 15 when the Guest Speaker will be Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), one of the highest-ranking economic policy officials in the new Trump Administration. The event, will continue with a session on the morning of Thursday March 16 featuring many other top-ranked speakers and will conclude with the Ireland-U.S. Council’s regularly-scheduled St. Patrick’s Lunch. The event will be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City.
Read the full press release announcing Mick Mulvaney as Guest Speaker


Monday, February 6, 2017, New York, NY:

Business Summit on Ireland-U.S. Economic Relations To Be Staged in New York March 15-16, 2017

Joint effort with Ibec, Ireland’s most influential business representative group

The Ireland-U.S. Council will stage a Business Summit on Ireland-U.S. Economic Relations jointly with Ibec, Ireland’s largest and most influential business employer representative organization. The event, which will include top internationally recognized experts as speakers, will be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. It will open with a reception and dinner on the night of Wednesday, March 15 and will continue with morning sessions on Thursday, March 16, 2017 concluding with lunch.
Read the full press release including the list of internationally recognized experts as speakers (PDF)


Wednesday, August 31, 2016, New York, NY:

European Commission’s Ruling on Ireland’s Tax Treatment of Apple’s Operations

It’s been big news on both sides of the Atlantic. The decision announced with great fanfare in Brussels by European Commission regulators that Ireland’s tax treatment of Apple’s operations in the Emerald Isle violated Europe’s rules on state aids to industry – to the tune of a headline-grabbing $14.5 billion.
Read more of our briefing and commentary


Wednesday, June 8, 2016, New York, NY:

In Remembrance

Ambassador Walter J.P. Curley

long-time Ireland-U.S. Council Supporter – dies in New York City at age 94

It was with the greatest sadness that we learned of the passing of long-time Ireland-U.S. Council Board Member Ambassador Walter J.P. Curley who died this week in New York at the age of 94. He was a native of Pittsburgh, PA, attended Phillips Academy Andover, Yale University, Harvard Business School and the University of Oslo, and had an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Trinity College, Dublin.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016, New York, NY:

An Appreciation

Daniel P. Tully

President of the Ireland-U.S. Council from 1990 to 1993

It was with the deepest regret and the greatest sadness that we learned of the passing on May 10, 2016 of Daniel P. Tully, former Chairman & CEO of Merrill Lynch, now part of Bank of America. He served as President of the Ireland-U.S. Council from 1990 to 1993. He was 84.
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Monday, May 9, 2016, New York, NY:

2016 Student Work Experience Scholarships Presentation Scheduled for Council Lunch Thursday, June 9 in New York

The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2016 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Council President Brian W. Stack, in announcing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said "This is the 32nd year in which the Council has operated this successful and much-admired Scholarship Awards program. We in the Council are proud of the role that this program has played over the years as part of the Council’s broader mission to build closer business and economic links between the United States and Ireland. Today, I am delighted to announce details of the recipients of the Council’s Student Work Experience Scholarships for this year.”
Read more on the students selected by their colleges as the Council's 2016 participating scholars (PDF)


Friday, April 29, 2016, New York, NY:

International Airlines Group’s Willie Walsh to Receive the Ireland-U.S. Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement at 54th Annual Dinner In New York Thursday November 10, 2016

The Ireland-U.S. Council will present its Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2016 to Willie Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of International Airlines Group (IAG) to mark his important contributions to building business bonds between America and Ireland. Throughout his successful career, he has been a superb manager of strategic change in an industry where change has become a byword. The Award will be the centerpiece of the Council’s 54th Annual Dinner to be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
Read full press release (PDF)


Thursday, March 31, 2016, New York, NY:

PwC’s Marie O’Connor to Receive the Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at MidSummer Gala Dinner in Dublin Castle on Friday, June 24

The Ireland-U.S. Council will present its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 to Marie O’Connor, Partner in PwC in Ireland. The Award will mark her notable and important achievements in building the business bonds between America and Ireland and will be the centerpiece of the Council’s 2016 MidSummer Gala Dinner to be held in Dublin Castle on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Read full press release (PDF)


Friday, January 26, 2016, New York, NY:

Ireland-U.S. Council Schedules 2016 Winter Meeting Events Mid-February in Palm Beach, Florida

University College Cork President Dr. Michael Murphy speaks on a digital information age pioneer. Plus, speakers from The Irish Stock Exchange talk about Europe’s Leading Gateway Exchange.
Read more (PDF)


Friday, January 15, 2016, New York, NY:

Joseph M. Walsh - An Appreciation

It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the death of long-time Ireland-U.S. Council Board Member Joseph M. Walsh, also known as Joe, who was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Curtis Circulation Company in New Milford, New Jersey, one of the world’s largest magazine distribution companies. He passed away at the Joe Raso Hospice Center in New City NY where he had been receiving care following complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

2015 Student Work Experience Scholarships Presentation Scheduled for
Council Awards Lunch June 11 in New York

The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2015 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Council President Brian W. Stack, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said “This is the 31st year in which the Council has operated this successful and admired Scholarship Awards program. We in the Council are proud of the role that this program has played over the years as part of the Council’s mission to build closer business and economic links between the United States and Ireland. Today, I am delighted to announce details of the Council’s Student Work Experience Scholarships for this year.”
Read more about this year's Scholarship recipients


Tuesday, May 21, 2015, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

The Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2015 Award For Outstanding Portraiture
To Be Presented To Artist Geraldine O’Neill in its 10th Anniversary Year

Prudential Financial’s Sponsorship Supports This Important Arts Program

An accomplished Dublin artist is the winner of this year’s Award for Outstanding Portraiture, sponsored by the Ireland-U.S. Council, in conjunction with The Irish Arts Review and the Royal Hibernian Academy. It is presented in Ireland to an artist whose work is judged to be of outstanding merit. The Award is an important part of the Council’s program to support the arts and arts education in Ireland.

The winning portrait work was chosen from among the entries at the opening of the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Spring Exhibition held recently in Dublin where Ms. O’Neill was presented with the Council’s €5,000 award bursary. A formal presentation of the Award citation will be made by Council Ireland Chapter President Dr. Michael Somers and Council President Brian W. Stack at the Council’s Midsummer Gala Dinner on Friday, June 26, 2015 at a dinner in Dublin Castle. The Guest Speaker at this event will be Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health in the Government of Ireland.
Read more about the 2015 Portraiture Award (PDF 668Kb)



Wednesday, June 11, 2014, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

The Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2014 Award For Outstanding Portraiture
To Be Presented To Dublin Artist Oisin Roche

An accomplished Dublin artist is the winner of this year’s Award for Outstanding Portraiture, sponsored by the Ireland-U.S. Council, in conjunction with The Irish Arts Review and the Royal Hibernian Academy. It is presented in Ireland to an artist whose work is judged to be of outstanding merit. The Award is an important part of the Council’s program to support the arts and arts education in Ireland. The winning portrait work was chosen from among the entries at the opening of the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Spring Exhibition held recently in Dublin where Oisin was presented with the Council’s €5,000 award bursary. A formal presentation of the Award citation will be made by Council Ireland Chapter President Dr. Michael Somers at the Council’s Midsummer Gala Dinner on Friday, June 27, 2014 at a dinner in Dublin Castle.
Read more about the 2014 Portraiture Award (PDF 1.4MB)


Thursday, May 07, 2014, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

2014 Student Work Experience Scholarships Presentation Scheduled for
Council Awards Lunch June 12 in New York

The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2014 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Council President Brian W. Stack, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said “This is the 30th year in which the Council has operated this successful and admired Scholarship Awards program. We in the Council are proud of the role that this program has played over the years as part of the Council’s mission to build closer business and economic links between the United States and Ireland. Today, I am delighted to announce details of the Council’s Student Work Experience Scholarships for this year.”


Friday, October 04, 2013, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD to Attend Council's Annual Dinner

At the 51st Annual Dinner of the Ireland-U.S. Council, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD will attend as a Guest Speaker and will share thoughts on the current state of Ireland-U.S. economic relations. The event will be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
Read full press release on 2013 Annual Dinner (PDF)


Tuesday, June 18, 2013, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Aosdána Member Mick O’Dea Wins 2013 Award For Outstanding Portraiture,
Presented in Conjunction with The Irish Arts Review

Prudential Financial’s Sponsorship Supports This Important Arts Program

An artist who is a distinguished member of Aosdána and of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Mick O’Dea, is the winner of this year’s Award for Outstanding Portraiture which is sponsored by the Ireland-U.S. Council, in conjunction with The Irish Arts Review and the Royal Hibernian Academy. It is presented in Ireland to an artist whose work is judged to be of outstanding merit. The Award is an important part of the Council’s program to support the arts and arts education in Ireland. Mick O’Dea’s portrait work was chosen from among the entries at the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Spring Exhibition held recently in Dublin.
View full press release (PDF)


Wednesday, June 12, 2013, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Mutual of America’s Thomas J. Moran of To Receive Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement
At 51st Annual Dinner In New York on Thursday, October 30, 2013

Congressman Peter T. King to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Ireland-U.S. Council will present its Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2013 to Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President & CEO of Mutual of America, to mark his notable and important achievements in building the bonds between America and Ireland. The Council will also honor Congressman Peter T. King with a Lifetime Achievement Award to mark his substantial and enduring contributions to U.S.-Ireland relations. The awards will be the centerpiece of the Council’s 51st Annual Dinner to be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, October 30, 2013.
View full press release (PDF)


Thursday, May 16, 2013, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

2013 Student Work Experience Scholarships Presentation Scheduled for
Council Awards Lunch June 13 in New York

Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino Is Guest Speaker

The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2013 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Our Guest Speaker at the lunch will be Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino who will, among other matters, update the Council on the County’s business promotion and economic development initiatives.
Read more about this year's Scholarship recipients


Thursday, May 2, 2013, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Donard Gaynor, TransAtlantic Deal-Maker and Long-time Council Member, To Address MidSummer Gala in Dublin

The MidSummer Gala Dinner hosted by the Ireland-U.S. Council to be held Friday, June 28, 2013 at Dublin’s Clyde Court Hotel will feature a Guest Speaker who boasts an impressive track record in closing business deals on both sides of the Atlantic.

Donard P. Gaynor, a long-time member of the Ireland-U.S. Council, has had a distinguished business career in the United States. In March of last year, he retired as Senior Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development of Beam, Inc., one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies whose brands include Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher’s Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey and many others.
View full press release (PDF)


In Memoriam

Michael J. Roarty – Former Marketing Chief at Anheuser-Busch and Past-President of the Ireland-U.S. Council

Monday, March 18, 2013: It is with the greatest regret and deepest sadness that we have learned of the death of Michael J. Roarty, beloved former President of the Ireland-U.S. Council.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013, Palm Beach, FL:  For Immediate Release

Wilbur Ross bullish on Irish economy

Read an article in the Palm Beach Daily News about Bank of Ireland Investor and Wall Street Titan, Wilbur Ross's speech to the Council during the Council's annual Winter Meeting in Palm Beach Florida. Read article.
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An Appreciation of the life of Council Board Member Joseph C. O'Sullivan

It is with deep sadness and great regret that we mourn the recent passing of Ireland-U.S. Council Board Member and long-time supporter Joseph C. O’Sullivan.
Read more ... (including an appreciation in The Irish Times)


Tuesday, July 17, 2012, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, Founder & President of Alltech, Inc. To Receive Council’s
Award for Outstanding Achievement At 50th Annual Dinner In New York

The Ireland-U.S. Council will present its Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2012 to Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech, Inc., a global leader in natural animal health, to mark his notable and important achievements in building the business bonds and commercial connections between America and Ireland as an entrepreneur and successful businessman.

The award will be the centerpiece of the Council’s 50th Annual Dinner to be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Each year, the Council presents this award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to enhancing the economic relationships between the United States and Ireland. Dennis
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Friday, June 15, 2012, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

2012 Award For Outstanding Portraiture, Presented in Conjunction with the Irish Arts Review,
Goes to Northern Ireland Artist

An artist from Northern Ireland, Ian Cumberland, is the winner of this year’s Award for Outstanding Portraiture which is sponsored by the Ireland-U.S. Council, in conjunction with the Royal Hibernian Academy and The Irish Arts Review. It is presented in Ireland to an artist whose work is judged to be of outstanding merit. The Award is an important part of the Council’s program to support the arts and arts education in Ireland. Ian Cumberland’s portrait work was chosen from among the entries at the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Spring Exhibition held this month in Dublin.
Read more ...


Tuesday, May 15, 2012, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

2012 Student Work Experience Scholarships Presentation
Scheduled for Council Awards Lunch June 14 in New York

The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2012 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Council President Dennis D. Swanson, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said "We are again this year delighted to announce details of the Council’s scholarships for this year. We have operated this successful and admired Scholarship Awards program for the past 28 years.”
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Council’s Spring Corporate Lunch in Dublin Features Double-Bill Speaker Roster Focusing on Energy

The Spring Corporate Lunch hosted by the Ireland-U.S. Council to be held Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel will feature a powerful double-bill Guest Speaker platform with a clear focus on the important and topical subject of energy.

Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, TD will address the group. Also appearing at the speaker’s podium at the Council lunch will be U.S. Businessman Gerald C. Crotty, President of Weichert Enterprise, LLC, a private equity investment firm and Chairman and CEO of Mayo Renewable Power, sponsor of a proposed €150 million ($200 million) new, state-of-the-art bio-mass electricity generating station in Mayo.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Kieran McGowan, Chairman of CRH plc & Former Chief Executive of IDA Ireland
To Receive Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement At 49th Annual Dinner In New York

New York, NY: May 31, 2011  The Ireland-U.S. Council will present its Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2011 to Kieran McGowan, Chairman of CRH plc and former Chief Executive of Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency to mark his notable and important achievements in building the business bonds and commercial connections between America and Ireland during his varied and successful business career.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Senator David Norris Is Guest Speaker at Council’s Gala MidSummer Dinner
in Dublin Castle on Friday, June 24, 2011

New York, NY: May 31, 2011  The noted Joycean scholar, accomplished public speaker, Irish civil rights campaigner, gay activist, independent politician and current front-runner in the 2011 election for the Presidency in Ireland, Senator David Norris, will be the Guest Speaker at the Ireland-U.S. Council’s black-tie Gala MidSummer Dinner to be held Friday, June 24 in Dublin Castle.
Read more about Council's Guest Speaker


Friday, May 20, 2011, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

2011 Student Work Experience Scholarships Presentation Scheduled for Council Awards Lunch June 9 In New York City

Council Will Also Honor Dr. John Hegarty For His Notable Achievements as Provost of Trinity College Dublin
The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2011 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Council President Dennis D. Swanson, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said "We are again this year delighted to announce details of the Council’s scholarships program. We have operated this successful and admired Scholarship Awards program for the past 27 years."
Read more on the Council's Scholarship Lunch in New York


Tuesday, April 12, 2011, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Guest Speakers Announced For Spring Lunch in Dublin

Council's Dublin April 29 Luncheon Double-Bill Features Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, TD Plus U.S. Congressman Richard Neal - One of Ireland’s Staunchest Allies in America
Read more on the Guest Speakers for Council Lunch in Dublin new President of Council's Ireland Chapter


Wednesday, April 6, 2011, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Dr. Michael Somers Is New President of Council's Ireland Chapter

The President of the Ireland-U.S. Council, Dennis D. Swanson announced today that Dr. Michael Somers, Deputy Chairman of Allied Irish Banks and former Chief Executive of the National Treasury Management Agency, has agreed to serve as the new President of the Council’s Ireland Chapter. He succeeds Brian J. Goggin who has served since November 2004.
Read more on Dr. Michael Somers appointment as new President of Council's Ireland Chapter


Thursday, June 10, 2010, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Jeff Smisek, Chairman, President & CEO of Continental Airlines To Receive Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement At 48th Annual Dinner In New York

The Ireland-U.S. Council will present its Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2010 to Jeff Smisek, the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Airlines, Inc. to mark the notable work he and the company have done in building the business relationships between America and Ireland. The award will be the centerpiece of the Council’s 48th Annual Dinner to be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, November 11, 2010. Each year, the Council presents this award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to enhancing the economic relationships between America and Ireland.
Read more on 2010 Award for Outstanding Achievement


Wednesday, May 28, 2010, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

The Council's Student Work Experience Scholarships To Be Presented At Awards Luncheon In New York City

The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2010 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The River Club in New York City on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Council President Dennis D. Swanson, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said "We have operated this successful and admired Scholarship Awards program for the past 26 years. Opportunities are provided through the program to student undergraduates from third-level educational institutions on the island of Ireland to travel to the United States and to work temporarily in American corporations. The scholarships provide work assignments in business corporations of differing sizes in America. These assignments are linked to the fields of study and academic disciplines which the undergraduate scholars are pursuing in Ireland."
Read more on 2010 Scholarships Awards Lunch


Council’s Dublin May 6 Luncheon Double-Bill Features
Noted American Commentator, Ms. Lee Cullum plus the CEO of the Dublin Airport Authority

New York, NY; March 29, 2010: The Spring Corporate Lunch hosted by the Ireland-U.S. Council to be held Thursday, May 6 at Dublin ’s Four Seasons Hotel will feature a double-bill Guest Speaker platform. The Chief Executive of the Dublin Airport Authority Declan Collier will address the group and will highlight how the new €400 million ($540 million) Dublin Airport Terminal will boost Ireland’s air bridge to America. Also appearing at the speaker’s podium at the Council lunch will be the noted and distinguished American commentator, Ms. Lee Cullum.
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Council members @ €75 per person. Guests @ €90 per person.

For more information and online booking for the Spring Corporate Lunch please click here



Thursday, June 18, 2009, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Cabinet Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan Is Guest of Honor At The Council’s MidSummer Gala Dinner

Ireland’s Minister for Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources will be the Guest of Honor at the Council’s MidSummer Gala Concert & Dinner to be staged on Friday June 26, 2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

The Council's Student Work Experience Scholarships To Be Presented At Awards Luncheon In New York City

The Council's annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2009 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 11 2009. Council President Dennis D. Swanson, in releasing details of this year's scholarship awards, said "This is the 25th year in which the Council will have operated its successful Scholarship Awards. The program provides opportunities to student undergraduates from third-level educational institutions on the island of Ireland to travel to the United States and to work temporarily in American corporations. The scholarships provide work assignments in business corporations of all sizes in America. The assignments are linked to the fields of study and academic disciplines which the undergraduate scholars are pursuing in Ireland."
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Friday, April 17, 2009, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Ireland and America: Challenges and Opportunities in a New Context

The Embassy of Ireland in Washington D.C. , has recently published a Strategic Review of Relations between Ireland and the United States (Ireland and America: Challenges and Opportunities in a New Context). Our Council made a considered submission on the matter as part of the review process that was conducted by Ireland's Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Collins and Ambassador/Consul General in New York, Niall Burgess.

The document makes for interesting reading and contains important recommendations which, if implemented, will enhance the relationships between America and Ireland.

You can access the full report here through the link below:
Ireland and America: Challenges and Opportunities in a New Context  (PDF format, 339Kb)


Wednesday, April 8, 2009, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

William C. Weldon, Chairman & CEO of Johnson & Johnson To Receive Council's
Award for Outstanding Achievement At 47th Annual Dinner In New York

"An Early and Important Industrial Investor in Ireland"
April 8, 2009; New York, NY: The Ireland-U.S. Council will present its Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2009 to William C. Weldon, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson to mark the notable work he and the company have done in building the business relationships between America and Ireland. The award will be the centerpiece of the Council’s 47th Annual Dinner to be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, November 12, 2009. Each year, the Council presents this award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to enhancing the economic relationships between America and Ireland.
Read full press release


Monday, February 2, 2009, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

The Ireland-U.S. Council Is Proud To Sponsor The 2009 U.S. National Tour of
The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Ireland-U.S. Council is a proud sponsor of the 2009 U.S. Tour of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra. The tour of the United States which commenced in Orlando, FL on January 10 and which has been highly-successful so far, comprises 49 separate concert performances in 23 different states from coast to coast (View Tour Schedule). The final concert will be in California on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2009. The tour has been arranged under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management and has also been sponsored by Tourism Ireland, CIE Tours International, Culture Ireland, and several other organizations and individuals.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

Council President Michael J. Gibbons Named
Grand Marshal Of 2009 New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Council President, Michael J. Gibbons, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2009 New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Mr. Gibbons will lead the marchers up New York City’s Fifth Avenue on March 17 next year for the 248th staging of the world’s oldest and largest civic parade.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008, New York, NY:  For Immediate Release

The Ireland-U.S. Council Welcomes Decisions To Expand Work Visa Programs Between Ireland and the United States

The Ireland-U.S. Council welcomes the decisions of both the Irish Government and the United States Administration to implement a substantial liberalization of visa rules allowing for U.S. citizens to work in Ireland and for Irish citizens to work in the United States for up to a year.
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September 4, 2008; New York, NY:  For Immediate Release
Paddy Kelly of Redquartz Developments To Receive Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement At 46th Annual Dinner In New York

The Ireland-U.S. Council will present its Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2008 to Patrick Kelly for the remarkable business success he has achieved and the creditable work he has done in building the business relationships between America and Ireland. The award will be the centerpiece of the Council’s 46th Annual Dinner to be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, November 6, 2008.
View full text of press release announcing Paddy Kelly of Redquartz Developments as the receipient of the Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement.

For Further Information
New York: Tel: (212) 867 6268; e-mail: Hibernia@aol.com
Dublin: Tel: (01) 667 4040; e-mail: iusc@eircom.net


New York, NY: Thursday, June 5, 2008:  For Immediate Release
The Council’s 2008 Student Work Experience Scholarships Awards To Be Presented In New York

Details of the Council’s Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2008 were announced today and will be presented at a luncheon meeting of the organization to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 12, 2008. Council President Michael J. Gibbons, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said "The Council’s Scholarship Awards program provides opportunities to student undergraduates from universities in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland to travel to the United States and to work temporarily in American corporations. These scholarships provide project-oriented, meaningful work assignments in U.S. business corporations of all sizes. The assignments are linked to the fields of study and academic disciplines which the undergraduate scholars are pursuing in Ireland."
View full text of press release announcing 2008 Student Work Experience Scholarships Awards

For Further Information
Contact: Geraldine Byrne
(212) 867 6268


New York, NY; May 28, 2008:  For Immediate Release
Dennis D. Swanson Named President-Elect of Council
Fox Television Executive To Succeed Michael J. Gibbons

Dennis D. Swanson, President of Fox Television Stations Group has been nominated as President of the Ireland-U.S. Council to succeed Michael J. Gibbons, formerly an Executive Vice-President at the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. who will step down having served in the role since 2002.
View full text of press release announcing Council President-Elect Dennis Swanson

For Further Information
Contact: David O'Sullivan
(212) 867 6268


New York, NY; April 28, 2008:  For Immediate Release
Chief Executive of E.S.B. To Address Council’s Spring Luncheon Meeting in Dublin
U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Will Also Speak At May 1 Event at Four Seasons Hotel

Padraig McManus, the Chief Executive of Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (E.S.B.), will occupy the speaker’s platform at a Council luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel. The energy company recently announced a €22 billion capital investment plan, fully half of which will be directed at renewable energy sources.

Also appearing at the speaker’s podium at the Council lunch will be Robert J. Faucher, Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Dublin, who will discuss key current issues in the bilateral business relationships between America and Ireland.

For Further Information
Contact: Roddy Feely
(01) 667 4040
View full text of Council Spring Luncheon press release


January 9, 2008  For Immediate Release
Ireland-U.S. Council Schedules Mid-February Winter Meeting Events In Palm Beach
The Ireland-U.S. Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing links, especially business connections, between America and the Emerald Isle will again stage its Annual Winter Meeting in Palm Beach during the second week of February. The program of social events will include remarks by several Guest Speakers including the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr. John Hegarty, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Michael Collins and Ireland’s Minister for Education, Ms. Mary Hanafin, TD.

Further Information: Barry Lynch (212) 867 6268

View full press release on the Council's winter meeting events in Palm Beach (PDF format, 64Kb)


Council Seeks New Program Of Work Permits for American Citizens in Ireland
The Council has asked the Government in Ireland to introduce a program of work visas for American students, and those in America already working in their career fields, to experience the workplace in Ireland, for a certain limited period of, say, 18 months to two years. Currently, no such visa program exists.
Read more on the Council's position on U.S. work visas in Ireland


The Council's Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2007 was presented to Philip Lynch, Chairman & CEO of One51 plc, one of Ireland's leading energy and waste infrastructure companies. The award was presented at the Council's 45th Annual Dinner held in November 2007 at The Metropolitan Club in New York.
More Details on the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award