The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Ciaran Brogan is leading a Donegal delegation to New England this week, with a key conference taking place in Boston today and tomorrow.
The delegation includes the Councils Chief Executive Seamus Neely, the Donegal Diaspora Project Manager, Aideen Doherty and Michael O'hEanaigh, who will shortly be taking up a key post with Udaras na Gaeltachta.
The delegation also includes a number of members and officials from Derry City and Strabane District Council led by Mayor Cllr Ellisha McCallion, as well as representatives from the University of Ulster, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and Randox Ltd.
While there, the deputation will meet with key figures in the educational, business and political fields.
One of the key events of the week is the Golden Bridges Conference which takes place today and tomorrow.
It's the seventh year of the conference, which highlights links in the areas of community, business, education, arts and culture between northwest Ireland and Boston.
Quotes from Donegal County Council statement -
“I am delighted to be leading the delegation from Donegal on this visit to New England and to be joining with our neighbours from the Derry City and Strabane District Council area”, said Cllr. Ciaran Brogan.
He added “Donegal County Council has a strong track record of collaborative working and we recognise the ongoing value of creating meaningful linkages with key partners and of the importance of working with our partners in Northern Ireland. This delegation is sending out a strong, positive message that the North West region is a proactive, outward looking and innovative region interested in creating and maximising opportunities that will benefit the entire northwest region.”
Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council says “Donegal has many longstanding global connections and the Council has been to the fore in fostering strong relationships through a range of unique and innovative initiatives including the Donegal Diaspora project. This visit to New England will help us to continue to build on the good work already done in a range of areas including economic development, inward investment, tourism development, education, student exchanges, sport, culture and the creative economy”.