Irish P.M. Ahern To Attend Institute Opening On Dec. 16

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, TD, will join University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and other top University administrators in formally launching the Irish Institute at Boston College at a Dec. 16 ceremony in Burns Library.

The institute will absorb the functions of the Center for Irish Management and its establishment reflects a broadened focus in the programs Boston College has offered Irish business and community representatives since CIM was inaugurated in 1993.

As BC has expanded efforts to help promote peace and economic development in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, administrators say, this has entailed addressing a wider range of issues and needs. The institute will accomplish this by providing programs in education and political leadership, as well as management.

"The presence of such a high-ranking Irish official at this event emphasizes the growing importance of Boston College's involvement in Ireland and Northern Ireland," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ. "The opening of the institute comes at a time when the University's Irish influence is stronger than ever. It complements the Irish Studies Program, the popular Gaelic Roots Festival, the visiting professorships of John Hume and Phil Coulter, and many other recent activities."

"Establishing the Irish Institute is a formal recognition of the direction in which we have been moving and strengthens the University's commitment to its Irish heritage," added Irish Institute Director Sean Rowland.

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