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11/03/19 US delegation receives warm welcome in Donegal

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Pictured with elected menbers and Donegal County Council staff at the formal reception in the County House in Lifford last Friday morning are Garry Martin, Director of Service, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council, Cllr Frank Baker, Senator Nick Collins, Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus O'Domhnaill, Cllr Tim McCarthy and Cllr Martin Harley


Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill welcomed a US delegation to Donegal on Friday morning last with a formal reception in the County House in Lifford.


The delegation which is being led by Massachussetts State Senator Nick Collins includes Boston City Councillors Timothy McCarthy and Frank Baker and arrived in Donegal on Thursday and visited a number of tourism related businesses in South Donegal including Hanna Hats and Magee of Donegal.  Following the formal reception on Friday morning, the delegation visited Donegal ETB and Pramerica in Letterkenny.  


Senator Nick Collins was elected to the Massachusetts Senate last May and previously sat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2010 serving on a variety of committees including the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies (Vice Chair), the Joint Committee on Housing, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy and the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.


Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill welcomed the Senator and City Councillors to Donegal and referred to the strong relationship that Donegal and the North West region has developed with Massachussetts and in particular the City of Boston saying “it is a great pleasure to be in a position to welcome Senator Collins and Councillors McCarthy and Baker to Donegal and indeed to our headquarters here in Lifford.  We have been forging a strong and meaningful relationship with Massachussetts and the City of Boston for a number of years and it is a pleasure to be in a position to welcome this delegation to Donegal today”. 


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Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus O'Domhnaill, Garry Martin, Director of Service, Donegal County Council, Senator Nick Collins, Cllr Frank Baker, David Roache, Pramerica, Cllr Tim McCarthy, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council & Joy Harron, Donegal County Council on a visit to Pramerica in Letterkenny.


Speaking to the delegates Cllr. O’Domhnaill said “I hope this visit will give you an opportunity to see first-hand the great work that is being done to drive forward our economy and maximize the opportunities that Donegal has as a great place to live, work, do business and of course visit.  We, along with our partners in Derry City and Strabane District Council have been working collectively to make connections and build a strong and positive relationship with Massachussetts which we believe is vitally important in terms of realising the ambition and potential of the region.”


The delegation also paid a visit to Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School on Friday afternoon.  This school benefited from generous donations of up to $40,000 raised by Boston based organisations since 2016.


The delegation finished their visit to Donegal with a trip to Glenveagh National Park and Donegal Castle on Saturday before travelling back to Dublin on Sunday for their flight back to the US.


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