IPA Ireland delighted to welcome the IPA’s International Executive Board to Dublin

07 Mar 2019

DSC00229Following an approach last autumn, IPA Ireland were delighted to host the International Executive Board (IEB) in Dublin for their meeting in January 2019.

With the promise of the the full support and backing of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and An Garda Síochána (National Police Service in Ireland)  plans were made and a programme was put in place for the visit.

The conference room in the IPA House Dublin was made available for the meeting, and accommodation was arranged nearby in the Maples House Hotel. All IEB members were met at Dublin Airport by members of IPA Ireland and taken to the hotel.

The IEB meeting sessions started on the morning of 30 January 2019. At lunchtime, the  International Executive Board was joined by members of the IPA Ireland National Executive Committee and then both executives headed to Garda Headquarters, where they were greeted by members of Region 1 IPA Ireland, and Region 1 Secretary Brian O’Dea gave a brief introduction of the history of the Headquarters.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris welcomed the delegation in the Officers’ Club and highlighted the world-wide structure of the IPA and the benefits members of An Garda Síochána are able to obtain from contact, training and interaction with members of the police from around the world. IPA President Pierre-Martin Moulin made a presentation to the Commissioner and thanked him for the meeting and the support given.

After the visit to An Garda Síochána Headquarters, the delegation was transported to Dublin Castle under Garda motorcylce escort, which made light work of the Dublin traffic. At the Garda Memorial there, Inspector Brian Cullen and a bugler from the Garda band were waiting with a guard of honour for a wreath-laying ceremony for all those fallen in the line of duty in Ireland and around the world. After a short introduction, the IPA President Pierre-Martin Moulin, IPA Ireland President Conor O’Higgins and Chief Superintendent DMR South Central Lorraine Wheatley laid the wreath, while the Ceremonial Party came to attention and the bugler played the Last Post.

The group then headed to the Garda Museum in Dublin Castle, where the guests were informed of the history of policing in Ireland. In addition, there was a little competition for our IEB members to see if they could identify any familiar faces in the pictures while touring the museum – congratulations to those who spotted Michael Walsh from IPA Galway, and Breda Tobin, one of our office staff!

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In the evening, the NEC of IPA Ireland hosted the IEB at a dinner in The Church Restaurant in the city centre. The former Anglican church was a great venue to wind down after a busy day.

During the following day, a coffee break between meeting sessions provided an opportunity for IPA Ireland President Conor O’Higgins and IPA President Pierre-Martin Moulin to exchange gifts. Conor O’Higgins welcomed the IEB officially to Dublin and wished them well for their meeting; Pierre-Martin Moulin thanked the NEC of IPA Ireland for hosting the IEB and for facilitating them in the IPA House.JPK 0009a

While the IEB continued to work hard, I took some of the partners of the IEB members on a tour of the old monastic site in Glendalough, County Wicklow, for a short walk around the cemetery and round tower. This was followed by a visit to the Pearse Museum in Dublin for lunch and an introduction to Irish history. In the evening, the IEB hosted a meal for members of IPA Ireland and the IPA House Dublin staff in Loretta’s restaurant in Phibsborough.

After the final IEB working session on Friday 1 February, the group was taken into the city centre where they had a choice of visiting the Guinness Storehouse or alternatively enjoy a tour of the Teeling Distillery. We came together again later that day and headed to the Temple Bar area. In the Boxty House restaurant  we had the opportunity to sample traditional meals of boxty and coddle, and of course a couple of local craft beers. At the end of the meal, IEB member Alexey Gankin, on behalf of the entire IEB, thanked me for the organisation of the meeting, and I was pleased to be presented with an IPA medal.

The success of this week was thanks to the support and cooperation of:

The Garda Commissioner and his staff in Garda Headquarters; Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley and her staff in Dublin Metropolitan South-Central Division; the IPA House Manager and Housekeeping staff for their valiant effors in ensuring the house was presented in its best condition, and the office staff for looking after our visitors; IPA Ireland members Damian Crummey, John Clarke, Liam Niland, Brian O’Dea,  Edward Loakman, John McMonagle, Larry Howe, Máire Cahalan, Gavin O'Reilly, Lisa McCarthy, Stephen Moore and Patricia Gill.

Yours in friendship,

Declan O’Byrne, Vice President IPA Ireland