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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Royal reception for Monaco's Albert at Ireland Funds event

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett arriving to the Ireland funds gala dinner at Powerscourt Hotel
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett arriving to the Ireland funds gala dinner at Powerscourt Hotel
INM editor-in-chief Stephen Rae (centre), his wife Liz and Kieran McLoughlin, CEO The Ireland Funds
Leo Varadkar with Prince Albert

There was plenty of glamour and a dash of royalty as Prince Albert of Monaco attended the Ireland Funds Conference.

The prince spoke at the black tie event, which was held at the Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow.

His mother, Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, was a big fan of Ireland and frequently visited our shores.

In fact, both she and her husband, Prince Rainier, were guests of honour at the Petits Lits Blancs charity ball at Powerscourt in 1965.

Prestigious

Last night, newly-elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Independent News & Media's editor-in-chief Stephen Rae were among the guests at the prestigious event.

Mr Varadkar arrived with his partner Dr Matt Barrett and made a speech in which he spoke about the importance of Ireland expanding its "diplomatic footprint".

"I would like Ireland to secure a seat on the UN Security Council so that we can play an even greater role in international affairs and in achieving 'a world of laws'," he said.

"In a time of global uncertainty, rising terrorism and threats to peace, it is right that we expand our diplomatic footprint overseas.

"It is precisely because our forces threaten no one that, in the words of President Kennedy, we can 'help create a world in which no nation is threatened'."

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the hotel before sitting down for a meal.

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland and Irish-related causes around the world.

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