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All Ireland co-operation sees restored Institute for Ireland opened in Europe

5 February, 2013 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Jennifer McCann MLA yesterday joined Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to officially open the newly restored Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

Located in the historic Irish College in Leuven, Belgium, the Institute is an international centre for education, training and research in European and International affairs.  

The restoration of the Institute for Ireland in Europe was jointly funded by the governments north and south. The facility promotes all forms of cultural expression including the visual arts, music, dance, theatre and literature.

The West Belfast MLA said:

 “The Institute is a valuable centre for education, training and research which clearly demonstrates what can be achieved through collaboration. I would like to thank the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the government in the south for their valuable contribution to the Leuven Institute.

“Through training, we can equip our public servants, business leaders, students and wider civil society to develop strong and effective working relationships with all the European Institutions, making our views heard and maximising the benefits for our region.  

“The refurbished Institute, with the superb facilities, is therefore an investment in our greatest asset, our people.”

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