Lunch with the President of Ireland

His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland . Introduced by Colm O’Muircheartaigh.

Michael D. Higgins, president of Ireland

As a small open economy, Ireland was particularly impacted by the financial crisis which started in 2008. Following a period of economic adjustment, the country is on its way to recovery, with employment growing and export levels now higher than before the crisis. Additionally, the Northern Ireland peace process has been an important pillar of the social and economic progress of Ireland, north and south. In his March 2014 visit to the island, former US President Bill Clinton urged all parties to “finish the job” that was started almost two decades ago with the Good Friday Agreement, and to move from peace to true reconciliation. As part of that journey, President Higgins will in April 2014 undertake the first ever State Visit to the United Kingdom by an Irish President, marking a highpoint of the Irish-British relationship. Join the Chicago Council, Chicago Harris, and President Michael D. Higgins for a discussion on the future of positive change and open dialogue in Ireland, and his new initiative aimed at generating a national discourse around ethics.

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