IBA President meets Ireland's Prime Minister

IBA President meets Ireland's Prime Minister

President Kawamura (left) and Taoisech Enda KennyIreland’s Prime Minister, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, recently hosted meetings for a visiting IBA Presidential delegation in Dublin – location for the 2012 IBA Annual Conference.

Discussions centred on preparation for the IBA’s 2012 flagship event during which the Irish Government expressed delight that Dublin was selected as the IBA’s location of choice to welcome thousands of delegates to the week-long gathering of the international legal profession. Representatives of Ireland’s legal profession including, the Law Society of Ireland, the Bar Council of Ireland and representatives of the 2012 Host Committee also met with the IBA delegation.

IBA President, Akira Kawamura, told E-News, ‘I am delighted by the very warm welcome extended to the IBA by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and by everyone that we met during our visit to Dublin. The pledges of support for the IBA’s 2012 Annual Conference augur well for an extremely successful event. The Convention Centre Dublin is an impressive venue, which I am certain our international delegates will very much appreciate.

IBA Officers with Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, TD (2nd from left)President Kawamura; Vice-President, Michael Reynolds; Legal Practice Division Vice-Chair and 2012 Host Committee Chair, Michael Greene; and accompanying senior IBA staff were all in Dublin to inspect the conference centre and the venues for social events selected for next year’s Annual Conference.

When interviewed after the visit, Michael Greene noted, ‘The return of the IBA's Annual Conference to Ireland after 44 years is momentous for the legal profession in Ireland and at this difficult financial time, is viewed very positively by the profession, by the Government and by others here. We look forward to extending a true Irish welcome to all of our visitors at the opening Ceremony on 30 September 2012 and throughout the following five days.

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