Statement from London Irish Centre in response to £1m support for development project. We are delighted to announce that the Irish government has committed £1m to support our plans to develop our historic Centre into a world-class Irish community and cultural centre. The commitment was made at a reception after the 'Imagining Ireland' event at the Barbican. L-R: Gary Dunne (Director of Culture at LIC), Ciarán Cannon (Minister for the Diaspora & International Development), Josepha Madigan (Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht), Seán Kennedy (CEO at LIC) and Adrian O'Neill (Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom) Statement from Professor Fiona Nolan, Chair of the London Irish Centre Charity "We are very grateful to the Government of Ireland for their generous commitment of £1m to the London Irish Centre Charity. The Centre and the Charity have been at the heart of the Irish Community in London since 1954, providing care for those in need and showcasing Ireland’s culture in all its diversity. We want to build on that heritage by redeveloping the Centre to do even more for our communities and bring Irish culture and arts to everyone in London. This support from the Government of Ireland in the year of their GB18 Arts programme and within the context of the Global Ireland 2025 strategy, is the foundation upon which we can build our plans for the future in collaboration with others in the Irish community and beyond."