Dublin, 29 June 2017

Ceann Comhairle, Mr. Seán Ó Fearghaíl T.D., Announced India Day 2017 Programme at Farmleigh

The Ceann Comhairle, Mr Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, officially announced the India Day 2017 Programme and also launched the India/Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group in the presence of Her Excellency Vijay Thakur Singh, Ambassador of the Republic of India on 29 June.

In his remarks, the Ceann Comhairle said: “Links have been strong and enduring between Ireland and India for many years, in culture, history, sport, education and tourism. As Ceann Comhairle, “I am anxious to nurture closer links at parliamentary level and am pleased to have recently established an Oireachtas Ireland India Parliamentary Friendship Group. I am honoured to chair this group and the operational running of the group will be in the capable hands of the group’s convenor, Aindrias Moynihan, TD. I look forward to greater engagement between the Irish and Indian Parliament and this launch of India Day 2017 allows me the opportunity to meet with many friends involved in strengthening links between Ireland and India.”.

Leader of Labour Party Brendan Howlin TD, Convenor of Ireland India Oireachtas Group, Aindrias Moynihan TD and Senator Frank Feighan wished well and conveyed their support for India Day. Also in attendance were, Sen Ned O’Sullivan, Sen Maria Byrne, and Sen Gerard Horkan.
Ambassador of India, Excellency Vijay Thakur Singh expressed The Embassy’s support to the celebration of India Day and highlighted the excellent relations between India and Ireland.

Prashant Shukla, Event Coordinator for India Day 2017 welcomed the Ceann Comharile and other dignitaries acknowledging former’s role in setting up of Ireland-India Parliament Friendship Group and said that Irish and Indian communities have drawn inspiration from each other during freedom movement and enjoyed excellent relations after-independence. 15th August is a commemoration of India’s Independence and we have seen a huge success and participation from across Ireland, which signifies that India Day is for anyone or everyone who has interest in Indian culture and society. It is also a celebration of peaceful co-existence of over 30,000 Indians, who were born in India but now Ireland is their new home.

Representatives of An Garda Síochána, Local Municipal Bodies, Irish-Indian Children and members of Indian community.

Office of Public Works has supported the event. Boat House Restaurant and Desi Curry served Irish and Indian delicious food in the event.

Chairman of Federation of Indian Communities in Ireland Dr J. S. Puri thanked all dignitaries.