We at the Birmingham Irish Association are delighted with the recent announcements from the President’s office that our CEO, Maurice Malone, has been appointed to the Council of State.
The Council established by the constitution exists to offer advice to the President.
Commenting on the announcement, Pat Reihill, Chair of Birmingham Irish Association said,
‘’This is a very great honour for the organisation which cannot be overstated, and it is in recognition of the tireless work of our Chief Executive, Maurice Malone, to promote harmony and find solutions. Nowhere was this more in evidence than at the culmination of years of work to unveil a fitting memorial to those who tragically lost their lives in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974. At the very heart of this project and the impressive memorial is reconciliation, and Maurice is the embodiment of consensus and reconciliation.
The Irish community in Birmingham and across Britain can be confident that their voice will be heard in this important advisory body.’’
Maurice said “I am honoured and delighted to accept the invitation from President Michael D Higgins to be part of his Council of State. I look forward to championing the fantastic work carried out by Irish organisations in the UK and to continue to support the thousands of Irish people who have made Britain home for themselves and their families.”