“There is something truly special about the connection between Ireland and America. Exemplified by the many young people on the Washington Ireland Program I have met over many years.”Vice President Biden
Throughout the year, the WIP Alumni community is active in coming together to serve others at home. Partners in this work include the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, Cooperation Ireland, the US Embassy Dublin and the US Consulate in Belfast. Below are a sampling of some of the images from WIP Community events.
Section 3: Board and Governance
WIP’s Board completed their first retreat to Northern Ireland and Ireland in 2016. Key meetings in Dublin included with Martin Fraser (Secretary General of the Irish Civil Service). US Ambassador O’Malley, Lord Mayor of Dublin Ni Dhalaigh, CEO of US Chamber of Commerce (Mark Redmond) and then Minister for Health, WIP Alumnus Leo Varadkar.
In Belfast meetings where held with representatives of the British, Irish and US Governments. Northern Ireland was in the midst of elections, and meetings with local politicians were not possible. Meetings and visits were held with leading community organizations Corrymeela, Centre for Democracy and Peace Building and Cooperation Ireland.
Throughout the Retreat Board Members met with WIP Alumni and participated in the Graduation of the WIP Class of 2015