by Rose Barrett
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Developing closer ties with Moldovan community

The Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova, Larisa Miculeț, received a warm welcome on a visit to Fingal two weeks ago, writes Rose Barrett.

Ireland’s youngest and most quickly growing region looked to strengthen ties with one of the newest countries in the world, Moldova.

Greeted by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, at the County Hall in Swords, a meeting took place on potential collaborative opportunities between the Moldovan Embassy and Fingal County Council. Key areas of discussions included culture, economic growth, trade, tourism, and education.

Mayor Henchy expressed his enthusiasm for the visit, stating: “Our community is home to many Moldovan residents, and this meeting marks a significant step towards strengthening ties and exploring mutually beneficial opportunities in various sectors.” With one of the youngest and fastest-growing populations in Ireland, Fingal is committed to actively seeking international partnerships, and FCC strives to create a thriving community for its diverse and rapidly growing population.

Ambassador Miculeț said: “The discussions between the parties centred on enhancing bilateral relations and collaboration at the local level, fostering a robust partnership between Moldovan and Irish local authorities, as well as business communities and furthering economic cooperation.”

She further highlighted the presence of a growing Moldovan community residing in Fingal and its neighbouring areas. The diaspora is actively employed in various local and international enterprises. After gaining its independence and its name in 1991, Moldova joined the UN in 1992. In June ’22, the country then became a candidate for EU membership along with Ukraine, and is continuing to take great strides to advance on its European future.

Photo by Kevin McFeely for Coalesce

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