Title:The Scarlet Ribbon
Author: Derry O’Dowd
- Paperback:240 pages
- Publisher:The History Press Ltd (1 Jan 2012)
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 2 cm
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There are 9 shortlisted titles—Good Luck All
The nine shortlisted titles for the CBI Book of the Year Award 2012 are as follows:
Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books (London)
ISBN: 978-1407129334 (HBK)
A book about twelve-year-old Mary, her mother Scarlett, her grandmother Emer and her great-grandmother Tansey. Emer is dying in hospital, and the ghost of her mother Tansey, who died when Emer was three, arrives on the scene to assure her that everything will be alright. She also has plenty to say to the two younger members of the family, and soon all four women find themselves on an unforgettable road trip. Funny, moving, thought-provoking and featuring one of the most likeable ghosts since Casper, the characters and events in this story will stay with you long after you have finished reading.
Judges’ Comments: Sharing thematic similarities with Her Mother’s Face also by Roddy Doyle, this skillfully crafted novel focuses on four generations of the one family in its mediation on motherhood, life, ageing and death.
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (London)
ISBN: 978-1444904567 (PBK)
‘How does bruising start; is it the booze, the neglect or the slap?’
14 year old Jono loves his little sister Julie and would do anything to protect her. The problem is that his mum has some problems with alcohol, meaning that she can’t bring up Jono and Julie the way she should. Once the children’s Gramma passes away, Jono and Julie are left alone, and forced to run away in order to survive. Can Jono still keep his little sister safe?
Judges’ Comments: This powerful first-person narrative is a detached, yet sympathetic, exploration of the complexities, and oftentimes-harsh realities, of both familial relationships and society’s abdication of responsibility to children at risk.
Publisher: The O’Brien Press (Dublin)
Set in the 1970’s, Into The Grey tells the story of identical teenage twins Patrick and Dominic who are forced to move after a fire destroys their family home. Along with their little sister Dee, their parents and their senile grandmother they struggle to adjust to life in a temporary house. Soon after the move a series of frightening nighttime events begin to worry Patrick and he watches as his beloved twin brother struggles to retain control of his body. Previous inhabitants of their temporary home are struggling to come to terms with their own history and the boy’s fragility allows ghosts and spirits to take hold of them.
Judges’ Comments: Following the lives of two fifteen-year-old twins, this imaginative and empathetic supernatural thriller coalesces past and present to explore the complexities of fraternal love and the pain of loss.
Publisher: Cois Life (Dublin)
ISBN: 978-1907494161 (PBK)
Nuair a shroicheann Mara trí bliana déag d’aois tá sí ag súil go mór lena bronntanas ach nuair a osclaíonn sí é, athraíonn an scéal. Ní iPod nó seodra atá ann ar chor ar bith ach sraith bábóg maitríóisce ón Rúis. Séad fíne óna sheanmháthair atá ann agus ar dtús níl suim dá laghad aici sa bhronntanas páistiúil seo. Ní hamháin sin ach tá ceann de na bábógíní ar strae!
De réir a chéile, tuigeann Mara go bhfuil stair taobh thiar den bhábóg caillte agus téann sí sa tóir ar an fhírinne faoi bhrí agus scéal na bábóige seo. Lena cara Dorota lena taobh, glacann Mara ról an bleachtaire agus í ag iarraidh níos mó a fhoghlaim faoina gcúlra agus faoi stair na bábóige.
When Mara reaches her thirteenth birthday she looks forward to her present but when she finally opens it, it’s a different story. It is not an iPod or jewellery but a series of Russian dolls. They turn out to be an heirloom from her grandmother and at first Mara has no interest whatsoever in this seemingly childish present. If that weren’t bad enough, one of the dolls turns out to be missing.
As time progresses, Mara begins to understand the history surrounding the missing doll and she intuitively goes in pursuit of the truth behind the Russian dolls. With her friend Dorota by her side, Mara assumes the role of detective in an attempt to track down the missing doll and to uncover more about her own interesting heritage.
Judges’ Comments: San úrscéal seo atá inmholta ó thaobh simplíocht a phlota, léirítear turas an bpríomhphearsa dhéagóra agus í sa tóir ar ghinealas a theaghlaigh ag dul siar trí chúig ghlúin máthartha.
Admirably simple in terms of plot, this engaging work charts its thirteen-year-old protagonist’s journey into her past, as she maps her genealogy back five generations through maternal lineage.
Publisher: Puffin (London)
ISBN: 978-0141332468 (PBK)
‘His name is Jimmy. They told us not to call him Dad any more. It might freak him out. More than he’s already freaked out, if that’s possible.’
Eala’s dad has had an accident. My Dad is Ten Years Old is the story of how she and her family tackle the aftermath. After a brain injury leaves him with the mental age of a ten year old, it is up to Eala and her brother to discover their dad’s past to begin rebuilding their future. Filled with honesty and heartbreak, My Dad is Ten Years Old takes you to the darker reality of personal tragedy.
Judges’ Comments: Moving and poignant, this engaging novel tells of a family’s struggle to come to term with an accident that not only leaves its father with intellectual disabilities but also raises questions about his past.
Publisher: An tSnáthaid Mhór (Belfast)
ISBN: 978-0955227158 (HBK)
Tá cailín óg d’arbh ainm Nia chun bogadh óna teach álainn faoin tuath chuig teach nua sa chathair mar go bhfuair a Dhaid post nua ansin. Níl sí róshásta faoi seo mar go mbeidh uirthi a chairde sa phobal agus sa scoil go léir a fhágáil. Faighimid amach gurb iad na préacháin ag bun an ghairdín an dream a mbeidh níos brónaí fúthu agus í ag fágáil. Léirítear dúinn go mbíodh na préacháin agus súgradh le Nia i gcónaí agus go raibh sí in ann bráth orthu nuair a bhíodh sí faoi ghruaim.
A young girl named Nia is about to move from her idyllic home in the countryside to a new house in her city, where her father has just been offered a new job. She is rather upset about this as she will be forced to leave her friends, her community and in particular her precious crows who congregate in the oak tree at the bottom of her garden to play with her every day.
Judges’ Comments: Léirithe go gleoite agus draíochtach le léamh, ba é sárshaothar bunúil cumhach Ó Chrann Go Crann a dhíríonn ar an dúil a bhíonn againn go léir don dúchas, don chosaint agus don bhaile.
Illustratively striking and linguistically enchanting, this original work of art is a nostalgic tale of longing for the places where we belong, the places we call home.
Publisher: HarperCollins (London)
ISBN: 978-0007263868 (HBK)
“A tale of trying to solve a problem by throwing things at it.”
Stuck tells the tale of Floyd, who has managed to get his kite stuck up a tree. To try and get it down he throws his shoe at it and…that gets stuck too! Oh dear, what will he do next? The answer might surprise you as Floyd’s unusual response to the problem gets way out of hand!
Judges’ Comments: With its distinctive pencil-line characterization and typography this well-crafted picturebook leaves plenty of gaps in both its verbal and visual text as it encourages readers to journey imaginatively into the absurd.
Publisher: Walker Books (London)
ISBN: 978-1406327922 (PBK)
This is a lyrical story from the butterfly heart of Africa. Sisters Bul-Boo and Madillo are worried about their friend Winifred, who has lost her gentle smile and no longer puts up her hand in class. Then the twins discover her secret: she is to be married off to her uncle’s friend, who drinks heavily and is old enough to be her grandfather. While Winifred has become resigned to her fate, her friends are determined to put a stop to the marriage. But what can they do? They ask the advice of Ifwafwa, the snake man, who promises to think about the problem. Ifwafwa is wise and has a gift with snakes, but he does not like to hurry and Bul-Boo becomes impatient. Will he be too late to save their friend?
Judges’ Comments: Told from the perspective of an adult and a child, this work of magical-realism sensitively incorporates folktales and legends from Zambia into its treatment of dark and difficult issues from Africa’s past and present.
Publisher: Andersen Press (London)
ISBN: 978-1849392365 (PBK)
Will Gallows is a young elfing sky cowboy who is riding out on an dangerous quest. His mission? To bring Noose Wormworx the evil snake-bellied troll, to justice. Noose is wanted for the murder of Will’s pa, and Will won’t stop until he’s got revenge!
Judges’ Comments: Characterized by the seamless blending of the generic conventions of fantasy and Western, this action-packed adventure follows the exploits of its eponymous hero as he seeks justice for the murder of his father.
The winners of the 2012 CBI Book of the Year Awards will be announced on the 28th May.
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Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (31 Mar 2003)
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
Every table at Quentins Restaurant has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, betrayal and revenge. Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned Dublin restaurant that has captured the spirit of a generation and a city in the years it has been open. In Maeve Binchy’s magical QUENTINS you will meet new friends and old: the twins from SCARLET FEATHER, the Signora from EVENING CLASS, Ria from TARA ROAD – and a host of fresh faces. There is Monica, the ever-cheerful Australian waitress, and Blouse Brennan, whose simplicity disguises a sharp mind and a heart of gold. Presiding over Quentins are Patrick and Brenda Brennan, who have made Quentins such a legend. But even they have a story and a sadness which is hidden from the public gaze. As Ella uncovers more of what has gone on, she wonders about the wisdom of bringing it to the screen. Should the restaurant keep its secrets?
About the Author
Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin and was the London Correspondent for the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel was LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, and she has now sold millions of copies of her books around the world. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Gordon Snell.
Walking With The Wounded: The Incredible Story of… by Prince Harry
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Orion; First edition (28 Aug 1998)
Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 5 cm
2 Woman – 1 Irish, 1 American – set up a home exchange business; their unlikely and touching friendship unveils secrets and changes lives.
About the Author
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and was educated at the Holy Child Convent in Killiney and at University College Dublin. After a spell as a teacher in various girls’ schools, she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982, and since then she has written more than a dozen novels and short-story collections, each one of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road. Maeve Binchy was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Romantic Novelists’ Association and in November 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese. Maeve is married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell. Visit her website at http://www.maevebinchy.com
Title:Circle Of Friends
Paperback: 736 pages
Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (1 Jun 2006)
Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 4.4 x 19.7 cm
Big, generous-hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen. Their one thought is to get to Dublin, to university and to freedom…
On their first day at University College, Dublin, the inseparable pair are thrown together with fellow students Nan Mahon, beautiful but selfish, and handsome Jack Foley. But trouble is brewing for Benny and Eve’s new circle of friends, and before long, they find passion, tragedy – and the independence they yearned for.
About the Author
Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin, and went to school at the Holy Child Convent in Killiney. She took a history degree at UCD and taught in various girls’ schools, writing travel articles in the long summer holidays. In 1969 she joined the Irish Times and for many years she was based in London writing humorous columns from all over the world. She is the author of five collections of short stories as well as twelve novels including Circle of Friends, The Copper Beech, Tara Road, Evening Class and The Glass Lake. Maeve Binchy is married to the writer Gordon Snell and they live in Dalkey, Dublin.
This is Dublin as you have never seen it. The surprising wealth of Victorian buildings throughout the city, including those hidden from the public gaze, is revealed here. Skilfully interwoven with these illustrations is the story of that important many-faceted era, being the formative years in which were created the foundations of the modern city. Written in a highly readable style, this entertaining book is essential for those who wish to explore the intriguing history and heritage of Victorian Dublin.
With an interest in historical heritage, he has written Across Deep Waters, Bridges of Ireland. An early book on a Victorian topic was Restoring a Victorian House. He also wrote the ground-breaking book on Light Rail, Through the Cities. The broad historical sweep of Islamic Spain and its wonderful legacy was covered in his book Homage to al Andalus, which also demonstrated his talents as a photographer. The human face of the railways was set out in his recent book, Tales of the Permanent Way.
Title:Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have my Being
Author: Paul Durcan
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Harvill Secker (29 Mar 2012)
Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
Paul Durcan’s twenty-second collection finds Monsieur le Poète on the road in Paris, New York City, Chicago, Brisbane, and Achill Island, meditating upon the sanctuary of home and what it means to feel truly at home.
Regarded by many as the great poet of contemporary Ireland, Durcan is on top form here as he contemplates the fall of the Celtic Tiger, while railing against bankers and ‘bonus boys’. There are poems of love lost and won, and poems in memory of friends and relatives who have passed on, but there is also joy to be found in the birth of a grandson, and there is praise, too, for the modest heroism of truckers, air traffic controllers and nurses, those ‘slim, sturdy, buxom nourishers’ of fallen mankind. If for Sartre ‘hell is other people’, for Durcan ‘heaven is other people, especially women’.
About the Author
Paul Durcan is one of Ireland’s foremost poets. He was born in Dublin in 1944. His first book, Endsville (1967), has been followed by more than twenty others, including The Berlin Wall Café (a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1985), Daddy, Daddy (winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990), A Snail in My Prime: New and Selected Poems (1993), Cries of an Irish Caveman: New Poems (2001), The Art of Life (2004) and The Laughter of Mothers (2008). In 2009 he published a selection of his work from the previous forty years in one volume, Life is a Dream. In 2001 Paul Durcan received a Cholmondeley Award. He was the Ireland Professor of Poetry 2004-2007. In 2009 he was conferred with an honorary degree by Trinity College, Dublin. He is a member of Aosdána.
Programme For Government Annual Report 2012 by Annette J Dunlea
Published In The Carrigdhoun Newspaper 28th April 2012 p.5 & p.11
After a year in government,they believe they have made a solid start. It lists their achievements and objectives for the year ahead, here follows its summary.The economy has been stabilised but there is a long way to go.In publishing this Annual Report, they say they are providing a transparent account of progress made to date in stabilising our economy and reforming how our country works. Significant progress has been made across all Government Departments, they say.They talked of stability and confidence and positivity.The Taoiseach says the Govt has made “a solid start” to its term of office, but there is still a long way to go. This Report only lists those decisions or actions that have, in our view, been fully or substantially delivered to date and that are making a real impact on the citizens of this country.This Report also identifies areas where it has not been possible to make as much progress as they had hoped.Preparation of the report has been led by the Department of the Taoiseach. This in itself is the result of a commitment in the Programme for Government to transform the Department of the Taoiseach into the strategic heart of Government, which drives forward delivery of the Programme commitments and key Government priorities.This Government inherited an enormous and unprecedented economic challenge but as set out in our Programme for Government they have been determined in meeting this challenge head on.On entering government, they immediately set about stabilising our economy and finances.Decisive action had to be taken on bank restructuring and recapitalisation. This has led to stabilising the banking system and has freed up lending capacity at substantially less cost to the taxpayer than was budgeted for by the previous Government. An urgent priority when they took office was the restoration of Ireland’s international standing and reputation. Through a proactive programme for re-engagement with our European colleagues, the United States and other countries they have seen Ireland being clearly differentiated from other countries facing economic difficulties. This has resulted in rising international and investor confidence, leading to a strong flow of investment decisions by multinational companies, which create real jobs for Ireland. They succeeded in cutting the cost of the IMF-EU bailout loans by over €9 billion and in improving confidence in the long-term sustainability of Ireland’s public finances.
They exceeded our deficit reduction targets in 2011, and have agreed a credible deficit reduction plan to 2015 that protects growth and jobs.Crucially, they have stabilised the live register through the Jobs Initiative, the establishment of NewERA and the Strategic Investment Fund. They say they will drive delivery of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work strategies, which have given effect to the vast majority of the Government’s commitments in relation to job creation and reducing unemployment.They took action to protect the most vulnerable by maintaining primary social welfare rates, reversing the cut in the minimum wage, excluding 330,000 of the lowest paid from the Universal Social Charge ,reducing waiting times for surgeries and hospital trolleys, and launching the National Literacy Strategy.The progress identified to date clearly shows that the Government has focussed its attention in the first 12 months on the decisions and reforms needed to achieve economic and financial stability, which provide a platform for economic recovery and help to create jobs.
Clear Government priorities for the next year will include : determined implementation across all Departments and Agencies of the Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work strategies to cut unemployment, and to help create jobs, so that young people have more opportunities at home . Giving support and hope to debt-distressed families through implementation of the Keane Report, including the most radical reforms in personal insolvency law for over a century.Further enhancements to the IMF-EU Programme, to reduce the legacy cost of the bank bail-outs and to free up space for investment and growth .Meeting our deficit reduction targets and putting in place credible, long-term budget rules, in a way that underpins confidence and stability and helps to free up affordable credit for SMEs and job creation .Financing additional commercial investment in key economic infrastructures through NewERA,the Strategic Investment Fund and other non-Exchequer sources.
In relation to fiscal policy: they successful renegotiated of the EU-IMF programme, including a reduction in the interest rate, the reversal of the cut in the minimum wage and agreement on reinvestment of the proceeds from sale of State assets for job creation. They exceeded the deficit reduction target for 2011. They negotiated reduction in interest costs ,estimated at over €10 billion.In relation to banking they stabilisated of deposits in the Irish banks. They renewed the bank boards and the introduction of new rules on bank directors .They successfully sold the State holding in Bank of Ireland.They reduced our on reliance on ECB funding.They completed the bank recapitalisation at €7.5 billion less than the estimated cost, including as a result of burning junior bondholders and securing private investment.They completed robust, credible stress tests on the banks.They continued aggressively winding down Anglo Irish Bank,by mid December, $7.7 billion of loans sold on a broadly regulatory capital neutral basis (largest single loan sale transaction in global retail history).The bank deleveraging is ahead of target for 2011they are responsible for the implementation of a new structure for the Irish banking system, with the creation of two pillar banks and the mergers of AIB/EBS and IBRC/INBS.
They introduced a series of structural reforms: no increases in income tax rates, no reduction in primary social welfare rates, NewERA established, alongside the new Strategic Investment Fund, minimum wage restored, Corporation Tax rate unchanged and protected, significant structural reforms in areas such as the labour market and the legal services, the ending of asset transfers to NAMA, VAT reduced in the Jobs Initiative, lower rate of PRSI halved on jobs paying up to €356 per week, comprehensive Review of Expenditure completed and published, medium Term Fiscal Statement 2012-2015 completed and published, Capital Spending Programme 2012-2016 completed and published and the USC reviewed, with nearly 330,000 people benefiting.They introduced a jobs programme: Action Plan for Jobs 2012 being implemented, Pathways to Work programme for the unemployed being rolled out, New JobBridge scheme launched – target of 5000 places reached, Visa regime reformed to help tourism, National Employment and Entitlement Services established, FÁS being abolished as labour market and training services reformed, Export Trade Council established, trade visits to all BRIC countries,15,900 additional education and training,places provided as part of the Jobs Initiative, Sectoral strategies in agriculture, financial services, digital gaming, cloud computing and tourism.
As part of the Jobs Initiative, the Government has targeted labour-intensive capital works,including the rehabilitation of local and national roads and school works programmes. In November 2011, they published the €17 billion Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2012 –2016 framework. This document outlines the Governments key areas for investment over the coming years. They have also introduced a Value for Money (VFM Code) which sets out the rules and procedures that apply to ensure that the best possible value-for-money is obtained whenever public money is being spent or invested.The Export Trade Council was launched in September 2011 to chart a course so that our resources and expertise are marshalled in a way that supports Irish firms, of all sizes, in all parts of the country, that are trading and growing their businesses overseas. Individuals representing the private sector and exporting businesses make up approximately 50% of the Council.JobBridge was launched in June 2011 and by the end of February had already provided its target of 5,000 internships.The Springboard initiative was launched in May 2011 and provided for 6,000 new places on higher education programmes for unemployed people. In February 2012, an additional 500 Springboard up-skilling places were provided.A call for applicants to Springboard 2012 was announced in February. This will provide free part-time higher education places to enable unemployed people to up-skill and re-skill in areas of identified need where sustainable employment opportunities are expected to arise.FÁS has been replaced with a new National Employment and Entitlement Service so that all employment and benefit support services will be integrated in a single delivery unit. This integrated service will provide a “one stop shop’’ for people which will integrate the payment of social welfare payments to the unemployed with the provision of services to help them find employment, education or training opportunities.These include compulsory burden sharing for unguaranteed and unsecured senior bond holders; VAT exemption for companies that export more than 90% of their output; the abolition of upward only rent reviews; the introduction of a single business tax for micro enterprises; and the development of DIT’s Grangegorman campus.
The Export Trade Council was launched in September 2011 to chart a course so that our resources and expertise are marshalled in a way that supports Irish firms, of all sizes, in all parts of the country, that are trading and growing their businesses overseas. Individuals representing the private sector and exporting businesses make up approximately 50% of the Council.Enterprise Ireland provides a ‘Source a Product or Service from Ireland’ service through its website.The development of this National Intellectual Property protocol is almost complete.
Government approved publication of the Heads of the Personal Insolvency Bill and proposals for its drafting in final legislative form to provide a new approach to dealing with insolvency. The Bill will radically reform our insolvency legislation by prescribing new mechanisms for non-judicial debt settlement in the public interest, and in the interest of both debtors and creditors. In particular, it will assist those in unexpected difficulties as a result of the current fiscal,economic and employment conditions.The main elements of changes to R&D tax credit povided for by Budget and Finance Bill 2012 include: allowing companies to reward key research employees by giving companies the option of transferring a portion of the credit to key talent who have been heavily involved In research; the first €100,000 of qualifying R&D expenditure of all firms will qualify for the tax credit and will not have to meet the requirement to be incremental to expenditure in the base year (2003), making it easier for small and medium-sized companies, In particular, to claim the credit.
Compulsory burden sharing for unguaranteed and unsecured senior bond holders in winddown bank requiring additional capital was considered in first half of 2011. Government discussions with the Troika resulted in a change in the policy approach with the priority now to seek a reduction in the cost to Irish taxpayers of the long-term financing of the bail-out of Anglo Irish Bank’s creditors. The troika is currently preparing a technical paper to further advance this issue. The Government cut the cost to the taxpayer of recapitalising the covered banks from an initial estimate of €35 billion in the Programme of Support to €16.5 billion, through a combination of avoiding asset firesales,burden-sharing with junior bondholders and securing private capital investment.The Central Bank and Credit Institutions (Resolution) Act 2011 was passed by the Oireachtas and puts in place a special resolution regime for future bank insolvencies.
An extra €60 million was provided to local authorities to repair regional and local roads in 2011. Core road restoration and improvement funding has been maintained in 2012 to allow for some further restoration of the network.They are engaged in bilateral exchanges with other countries to ensure that any changes in EU policy or in WTO negotiations do not place the Irish agri-food sector at a competitive disadvantage. Efforts in this area will continue in 2012.The Leap Card was launched in late 2011 and will be further enhanced over the course of 2012,with an expected 120-130,000 users by the end of 2012. Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) was introduced in 2011 in Dublin and Cork and will be rolled out in Galway in 2012.They published the first progress report Milestones for Success on 21 July 2011 which set out over 50 actions achieved in the previous year on ‘acting smart’, ‘thinking green’ and ‘achieving growth’ the key themes of FH2020. In addition,the Minister and the High Level Implementation Committee (HLIC) have set themselves over 40 actions to be achieved by July 2012, as well as milestones for 2013 and 2015.In 2011, €4.52 million was allocated to 111 local authority sports projects with a focus on participation. In addition, funding was secured for two new rounds of sports capital funding with the first in 2013 to enhance modest sporting facilities throughout the country. Government approval was also received for a strategy for the incremental development of the National Sports Campus and partnership agreements have been,or will very shortly be, concluded in this regard with the IRFU, the FAI, the GAA and the Irish Hockey Association.
The Promoting Ireland Abroad conference with Irish Ambassadors and Heads of Mission was convened on 1-2 June. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste met with the full team of senior overseas representatives from Department of Foreign Affairs; Irish business leaders; and heads of Irish economic agencies to determine what is working, and what was to be improved, in our international economic promotion activity. Heads of Mission were thoroughly briefed on the outlook for Ireland’s economy in the coming years and what is expected of the State’s foreign policy and diplomatic networks in repairing Ireland’s reputation and promoting our interests abroad.Mr Kenny said they had spent the year “navigating a turbulent international environment to turn the country in the right direction”.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that 12 months ago the country was on the edge of a cliff, but now, while there are still problems, there is “a platform on which we can build”.