Appointment of new Board of the International Fund for Ireland
The Irish and British Governments have announced today the new Board of the International Fund for Ireland. The appointments are:
Mr. William T. McCarter, Chairman
Mr. Jackie Hewitt
Ms. Helen Kirkpatrick
Ms. Carmel Lynch
Mr. John McDaid
Mr. Eugene Murtagh
Ms. Deirdre Ryan
The Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed his warm appreciation to the Chairman for his exceptional service to the International Fund for Ireland and underlined his appreciation that it will continue to benefit from Mr. McCarter's dedicated leadership. In announcing these appointments, the Minister also recorded his personal thanks to the outgoing Board Members, Mr. Éamon Hanna, Mr. Victor Haslett, and Mrs. Lyla Steele.
Minister Cowen said “the International Fund for Ireland continues to play a major role in addressing real economic disadvantage and promoting reconciliation North and South”. He also emphasized, during this critical phase of the peace process, the Fund's capacity to support the consolidation of that process in the time ahead.
Note for Editors
Mr. McCarter, Ms Kirkpatrick, Ms Lynch and Mr. Murtagh are being reappointed to the Board.
Members of the outgoing Board are Mr. Hanna, Mr. Haslett and Mrs. Steele whose terms have now concluded.
Mr. William T. McCarter is a prominent businessman in the North West.
Mr. Jackie Hewitt is Manager of Farset/Inishowen and Border Counties Initiative.
Ms Helen Kirkpatrick is a Belfast based Chartered Accountant.
Ms Carmel Lynch is the Managing Director of Cavan based Procut Engineering Processes Ltd.
Mr. John McDaid is a Derry based Chartered Accountant.
Mr. Eugene Murtagh is the Co. Cavan based Chairman/Chief Executive of Kingspan Group PLC.
Ms Deirdre Ryan is former Executive Director of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and has extensive experience in cross border business development.
The International Fund for Ireland is an international organisation established by the Irish and British Governments in 1986 with the objectives of promoting social and economic advance and of encouraging contact, dialogue and reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland. The International Fund for Ireland's website address is www.internationalfundforireland.com
Contributors to the Fund are the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.