Cathaoirleach welcomes Chinese Ambassador to County Hall

Cathaoirleach welcomes Chinese Ambassador to County Hall Chief Executive Martin Lydon; Cathaoirleach Councillor Gerard Mullaney; His Excellency Ambassador He Xiangdong and his wife Madam Xia Lining

Cathaoirleach, Councillor Gerard Mullaney, welcomed the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Ambassador He Xiangdong, to County Hall on Friday, 4th August. The Ambassador was accompanied by his wife Madam Xia Lining.

Also in attendance were Chief Executive, Martin Lydon, Councillors Declan Bree, Arthur Gibbons and Dónal Gilroy, Director of Services John Moran and Jim Molloy.  

The Cathaoirleach said

'It is an honour to welcome His Excellency Ambassador He Xiangdong and his wife to County Hall today.

Multicultural community

Only a few decades ago, Ireland could have been considered a relatively insular society with only modest engagement with other countries.  Ireland is now a proudly multicultural community, one that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity.

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Fostering links

We have a proud record of associations with the Republic of China.  With the objective, of fostering links with China in the areas of trade, education, tourism and culture, in recent years we have signed agreements with Gansu Province and Henan Province, establishing a sister relationship with both. 


Global network

By developing a global network of friendships, we avail of the opportunity to highlight and showcase the many attractions of our wonderful county.

We have very progressive ambitions for the future, we are excited about our ability to promote Sligo as the optimum place to live in, invest or visit.

Chinese Ambassador - Book Cathaoirleach Councillor Gerard Mullaney with His Excellency Ambassador He Xiangdong his wife Madam Xia Lining, signing the Distinguished Visitors Book
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