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Mayor's wants St Patrick's Day in London to rival celebrations in other countries
13-12-2001   540

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, will visit Dublin tomorrow as part of
his commitment to strengthening ties between London and the Irish
capital and to discuss plans for St Patrick's Day 2002.

The Mayor will meet with Councillor Michael Mulcahy, Lord Mayor of
Dublin, in the morning, and attend the opening of the traditional
Christmas crib outside Mansion House.

This will be followed by a business function at the K-Club, where the
Mayor will meet leading representatives of the Irish business community. The visit will conclude in the afternoon with a reception, hosted by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The Mayor said:

'As a world city London's dynamism stems from the many communities that have made their home here. London's Irish community has contributed to the social, cultural and economic life of London over many, many generations and is the largest single minority group in London. I want this historic role to be recognised.

'For the first time next year the Greater London Authority will
officially be celebrating St Patrick's Day in London. I would like to
see St Patrick's Day become an attraction along the lines of those seen
in the States and am working with London's Irish community to develop it into a cultural celebration for Londoners and tourists alike.'

The Mayor recently hosted an Irish business reception addressed by
Dáithí O’Ceallaigh, the Irish Ambassador and Norah Casey, Chief
Executive of Smurfit Media, and announced plans to develop St Patrick's Day celebrations in London for 2002 in partnership with the capital's Irish community.

The Mayor's plans incorporate the traditional service in Westminster
Cathedral, followed by parade along Victoria Street, through Whitehall
and finishing with a music and cultural event on Trafalgar Square.


Notes to Editors

The schedule for the Mayor's visit tomorrow:

11am PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Ken Livingstone to meet Councillor Michael Mulcahy, Lord Mayor of Dublin, and attend the opening of the Live Animal Crib outside Mansion House.
12pm Ken Livingstone and Lord Mayor of Dublin to attend business event at the K-Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, as a profile raiser for plans for St Patricks Day 2002 in London.
2:30pm PHOTO OPPORTUNITY outside K-Club
4pm Ken Livingstone to attend buiness event hosted by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce (in camera – no media)
4:45 Visit ends.

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