On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, AOH National Board President Judge James McKay, National Treasurer Sean Pender and National Director Dan Dennehy had an unforgettable meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Oireachtas Éireann. The Oireachtas is the legislative body of the Republic of Ireland. It consists of the Office of the President of Ireland and its two houses: the Dáil Éireann (lower house) and Seanad Éireann (upper house). The houses of the Oireachtas sit in Leinster House in Dublin.
The opportunity to meet with the Taoiseach was arranged by Senator Billy Lawless, the first overseas Irish Senator, and a highly respected restaurateur and resident of the Chicago area. In the photo on the right are (l-r) Senator Billy Lawless, National Director Dan Dennehy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, National President James McKay, and National Treasurer Sean Pender. The group is standing beneath a portrait of Michael Collins, famed Irish hero, revolutionary, soldier and politician.
Earlier in the day the National Board members had the opportunity to meet with Gerry Adams, former leader of Sinn Féin and presently the Teachta Dála for Louth. In the photo on the left are (l-r) AOH National Treasurer Sean Pender, National President James McKay, TD Gerry Adams, and National Director Dan Dennehy.
Photos courtesy of Sean Pender.