President of International Co-operative Alliance visits Dublin

The President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), Dame Pauline Green, paid a visit to co-operative members on a recent trip to Dublin.  Dame Pauline, who was in Dublin to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Dublin Food Co-op, also took time to meet with Ireland’s only full members of the ICA, NABCO.

During her tour of NABCO developments, Dame Pauline met with children and staff at Island Key Childcare and Community Service.  Service Leader, Kelly Kavanagh, described the work that the Service was doing in supporting parents to pursue education and training and in building links with the local community.

Dame Pauline also took the time to visit co-operative housing projects in the south of Dublin, including Auburn Lodge, which was recently opened by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD.  She also visited Riverside in Loughlinstown, where she heard from NABCO Dublin South‘s Buildings Officer, Danny Nelson, about the services NABCO offers to members.

During the visit, NABCO’s Chief Executive, Dr. Niall O’Keeffe said: “We are delighted that Dame Pauline was able to meet with us during her brief stay here in Dublin. This has been an excellent opportunity to hear first hand about the examples of co-operation between co-operatives that are happening around the world. We are looking forward to further deepening our own contacts with other co-operatives in the future.”