What do we want our island to look like in 2040?

Join the WIP Class of 2017 as they share their reflections after a summer of debates in the US on the economy, issues of identity and managing migration.
They will be joined by guest panelists from business, government and the arts.

Special Guest: Jake Sullivan, senior advisor through the Obama Administration and to Hillary Clinton.

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Celtic Cup - Join us for our Annual Golf Fundraiser

Join us on 11th September at Whiskey Creek, Ijamsville, MD for a fantastic day of golf in support of WIP.

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WIP Alum Elected Ireland's youngest head of government

WIP is delighted to congratulate Leo Varadkar, Class of 2000, on his election as the 14th Taoiseach of Ireland.

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Northern Ireland Bureau bids WIP Class farewell

Norman Houston, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau, hosted the WIP Class of 2017, our host families, work placements and supporters as celebrated the end of the summer in DC.

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Washington Ireland Program

For more than two decades, engaging emerging leaders across the island of Ireland to overcome divisions of the past and to build a shared future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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President Higgins praises the work of WIP

Through their involvement in the Program, these young people have forged enduring bonds of friendship with fellow program participants from other parts of Ireland – parts of the island with which they may not have been familiar and people from communities with whom they may never have previously engaged.
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Read about our Class of 2017

30 inspiring leaders from Northern Ireland and Ireland

Thank you to the 380+ students who applied to join our 23rd Class.
We look forward to welcoming our new Class to DC in early June.

If the future were a book, would you read it or write it?


Alum Thanksgiving Ball

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Each year we celebrate two individuals who have demonstrated leadership in line with WIP’s values. This year’s Spirit of WIP Award recipients are Claire Sugden MLA (Justice Minister for Northern Ireland & WIP Class of 2010) and Lisa Dietrch (Director of Community Relations In Schools, Northern Ireland)