Paddy Harte - new chair of the International Fund for Ireland
Donegal man Paddy Harte has been appointed chair of the board of the International Fund for Ireland.
The appointment was confirmed this afternoon by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
A native of Raphoe, and living in Letterkenny, Mr. Harte is a lecturer at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
He is also a joint director of a cross-border masters in innovation and leadership in the public sector, which is delivered by Ulster University and LYIT.
A son of the late Donegal TD Paddy Harte, Mr. Harte succeeds the previous chair of the board, Dr Adrian Johnston, who is stepping down from the fund.
In all seven appointments have been made to the board.
The Irish and British Governments jointly make the appointments to the board of the fund, which was set up in 1986 to promote economic and social ties between unionists and nationalists.
The fund is focused on projects in Border counties. It provides funding for projects designed to promote economic and social advance in communities that suffer from high levels of economic and social deprivation.
News of Mr Harte’s appointment has been welcomed locally.
Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher said he has known Paddy Harte all his life and he has an excellent record in community development.
“He has a vast experience and knowledge of the International Fund for Ireland, having worked with the programme, having served on the board and moreover now being correctly appointed as its new Chairperson,” Deputy Gallagher said.
“In my days in the European Parliament I would have met Willie McCarter along with Paddy when lobbying of the EU was necessary in order to obtain funding for the various programmes.
“I wish Paddy every success as he brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to his tenure as Chairperson of this most important body for the Border counties and Northern Ireland.”