The members of 32nd DailÉireann (Lower House of the Irish Parliament) and 25th Seanad (Upper House of the Irish Parliament) have constituted Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group on June 27, 2017.
The historical launch ceremony of the Friendship Group was chaired by Mr. Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, Ceann Comhairle (Speaker of DailEireann). The Ireland-Nepal Friendship Group comprises of the Honourable Members of Irish Parliament, Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Senator Ms. Ivana Bacik, Mr. Sean Barett TD, Mr. Sean Crowe TD and Mr. Darragh O’Brien TD. Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan TD has been appointed as the Convenor of the Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Embassy of Nepal in London stated in a press release today.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, CeannComhairle (Speaker of the Irish Parliament) stated that growing links between Ireland and Nepal have been formally recognized at parliamentary level with the establishment of Friendship Group in the Irish Parliament. He further added that the Friendship Group would serve as a valuable platform to develop links between Ireland and Nepal. He expressed his desire to visit Nepal in the near future. He also stressed the need for exchange of visits so that experiences can be shared between the two countries.
Welcoming the guests, the Convenor of the Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group, Ms. Maureen of Sullivan stated that the Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group would work actively to promote trade link between Ireland and Nepal, explore areas of collaboration between the two countries, extend parliamentary cooperation and arrange exchange of high-level visits.
Addressing the ceremony, Mr. Sharad Raj Aran, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Nepal in London mentioned that the Constitution of Nepal has incorporated universally accepted democratic norms and values such as multiparty democracy, pluralism, adult franchise, rule of law, representative and accountable government, social and economic justice, independent judiciary, freedom of press and human rights.
President of Nepal-Ireland Society, Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said that Nepalese community in Ireland is excited and encouraged with the formation of Ireland-Nepal Parliamentary Friendship Group.