The Ireland Institute coordinates the Newry-Pittsburgh Partnership activities in Pittsburgh. The partnership encourages corporate interests in Pittsburgh to consider Newry, Northern Ireland as a potential location for inward investment. The joint directors of the Newry-Pittsburgh Partnership are Daniel Rooney, President, Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club, and Seamus Mallon, former Deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
With extensive links between business, education, and labor groups in Co. Fermanagh, the Ireland Institute established the Fermanagh-Pittsburgh Alliance. The partnership assists in the collaborative efforts of these two regions to encourage economic development, international exchange, and technology transfer. The partnership is managed by the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh and funded by a grant from John Kirkwood of the American Ireland Fund.
In 1997, the Ireland Institute entered into a partnership with the Coleraine District Council to provide business consulting, company recruitment, university and civic links between the Pittsburgh region and the Coleraine District. Over the past five years, several business and university delegations have made exchange visits between Pittsburgh and Coleraine.
The Carlow-Pittsburgh Partnership promotes business and educational initiatives between Carlow, Ireland and Pittsburgh. Over the past several years, civic and educational delegations have made exchange visits between the two regions centering on the use of tehnology in the classroom to educate teachers in both Ireland and in Pittsburgh.
Call of the Churches Partnership
Northern Ireland Churches play a fundamental role in the political and social workings of their communities. A key element in promoting peace and stability in the region is the development of a common ground where religious leaders come together and project a strong single voice on social and economic issues that is heard by both communities in Northern Ireland.
The Ireland Institute has promoted ecumenical tours of the leaders of the four largest Churches in Northern Ireland: Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic to promote investment and fair employment practices in Northern Ireland.
Special Needs Conference
The first North-South Special Needs conference took place in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, in February 2005. The strategic alliance leading up to the conference began in February 2002 when a delegation of Pittsburgh educators led by the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh visited the North and Republic of Ireland and focused on the teaching of Special Needs students. In March of 2003, under a grant from the Peace II Special Needs fund, a delegation of educators from the island of Ireland came to Pittsburgh to review Special Needs programs and the use of technology in the classroom at several colleges and secondary schools in the Greater Pittsbugh area. In February, 2005, the Department of Education in the North of Ireland and the Department of Education and Science in the Republic jointly invited the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh to identify keynote speakers for the first ever North-South conference on Special Needs education which was carried by a special computer link to the Watson Institute for Special Needs children in Pittsburgh.
For more information on these and other business initiatives, please email James Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org