Irish Consul General Also Offers Remarks

Business leaders from greater Boston gathered at the Irish International Immigrant Center’s (IIIC) 3rd Annual Business Leaders Breakfast to hear a keynote address from Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and to support the life changing services offered by the IIIC to immigrants from Ireland from over one hundred other countries.

For the first time this year, the breakfast also included a speech by a recipient of the IIIC’s services who was also assisted by Senator Kerry.  Thaer Abdallah is a Palestinian who was born in Iraq.  He came to give a testimonial about the extensive support provided to him by the IIIC.  A human rights activist, Abdallah was held in a prisoner of war camp in Syria, among many other challenging experiences. Abdallah also was a rescuer of eight other refugee families,

Senator Kerry, now serving his 5th term in the United State Senate, is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was able to provide his knowledgeable perspective on immigration reform.  As the 10th most senior senator, he was also able to offer some insights on the current session of Congress.

Kerry also holds senior positions on the Finance, Commerce and Small Business committees and was able to share his thoughts on a topic on everyone’s mind–the economy and deficit reduction.  He also took the time to answer questions from the more than 150 business men and women gathered to support the work of the IIIC.

Another highlight of the breakfast was remarks from Irish Consul General Michael Lonergan, who is based in Boston and has witnessed firsthand the extensive services provided by the IIIC. Consul General Lonergan thanked local Business Leaders for their support of the IIIC J1-Irish Work and Travel intern placement project.  Arbella Insurance’s Chief Executive Officer, John Donohue, spoke of the significant contribution Irish Graduates are making to his business, and how one of their Irish interns recently returned to Dublin to secure a great job in Human Resources.