Taoiseach Micheál Martin with Junk Kouture’s Lauren Kennedy (wearing a design named “Attire”) and CEO and founder of Junk Kouture, Troy Armour
A pleasure to meet members of New York’s Irish community with Consul General @helenajuly.
So many stories of kindness, creativity and spirit during the pandemic.
Good to renew those bonds and hear of the great work done, challenges faced, and hopes for the future. pic.twitter.com/Sy1hqJxlI9
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) September 24, 2021
New York, New York, USA.
A range of organisations attended the event from sectors including immigration, culture, business, education and the GAA.
During the meeting, Mr Martin praised the groups for their response to the Covid-19 crisis.
In the early stages of the pandemic, the Aisling Irish Community Center, Emerald Isle Immigration Center, New York Irish Center, New York GAA and the United Irish Counties Association of New York partnered to establish the Sláinte 2020 programme to provide financial assistance for Irish citizens in need.
The project was supported by the Irish Government and the main beneficiaries were undocumented Irish people working in the hospitality and construction sectors who were unable to claim state or federal supports.