Dr Andrew Parmley strengthens ties with visit to Dublin and Belfast
The Lord Mayor of London, Dr Andrew Parmley was in Dublin on Monday 9 October and attended a dinner in the Mansion House. The dinner was also attended by the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan TD, Sir Alan Duncan MP Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Britain’s relationship with Europe and the Americas and Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland.
Co-operation Ireland facilitated the visit of the Lord Mayor of London to Dublin and its aim was to strengthen the relationship between Britain and Ireland as tensions emerge during Brexit.
Before the dinner, Ministers Charlie Flanagan and Sir Alan Duncan were photographed with their respective capital cities maces, a symbol of the strengthened relationship between the two islands.
Dr Parmley said: “It is wholly exceptional for this mace – a symbol of authority within the Square Mile – to be taken out of the UK.
“In part, we’ve brought it to return a favour that your predecessor, my Lord Mayor, paid us – the loan of the Irish mace and your State Coach, during last year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in London."
He said that the presence of the mace was significant - “This sharing of priceless and irreplaceable artefacts, this ongoing programme of trips between our two nations – not to mention the State visit of President Higgins in 2014, and the annual scholarship in Anglo-Irish literature established as a result – are far more than photo ops.
“They make real the ever-deepening relationship between London and Dublin. Our twin cities are linked by business, by families and by history. And those links benefit us all ".
Dr Parmley, London’s Square Mile’s 689th Lord Mayor met a number of senior business and government representatives as part of the visit, with the aim of strengthening the links between Dublin and London.
Brexit was a central topic of many of the meetings, in which the representatives will discuss a range of issues ahead of the UK leaving the European Union in March 2019.
In his address Dr Parmley said: “Peace and prosperity often go hand-in-hand. The City Corporation has a long history of supporting both, and Brexit must threaten neither”.
He paid tribute to the work of Dr. Moran who helped facilitate the visit to Ireland “On behalf of our entire party … I extend a particular mention to Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland for his considerable efforts and infectious enthusiasm".
Dr Parmley completed his term as Lord Mayor with a visit to Belfast on Tuesday 10 October.
View some of the photographs taken at the dinner.
Photography by Conor McCabe and photographs are used courtesy of Dublin City Council.