Irish Polish Society Press Release.          31st of May 2001

'The Irish Polish Society is pleased and honoured to host a meeting with the Tanaiste Mary Harney TD at the Irish Polish Society centre, 20 Fitzwilliam

Place, Dublin 2. (14.30 ).

The theme of the meeting is the important subject of the growing relationships between Poland and Ireland.

In particular, the Polish community in Ireland hope the Tanaiste will clarify in greater detail Ireland's clear support for Poland's accession into the European Union as envisaged in the Treaty of Nice.

The Polish people strongly endorse the Irish Government positive support for the Treaty of Nice.

In this context the Irish Polish Society is calling for a "Yes" vote on the Treaty.

Also, the many Polish people in Ireland, both resident and temporary, are keen to discuss with the Tanaiste the concerns they have with regard to problems in the area of work permits and the current immigration system, and how improvements can be made in it to facilitate the workers Ireland is now seeking'.

It is vital that public opinion in Ireland should be made aware of that Poles coming to Ireland are experienced craftspeople who contribute their fair share to the dynamic national growth as befits Europe's established Celtic Tiger.

The Polish people and many other nations, like the Czechs and Hungarians from Central Europe can't forget the huge sacrifices they made during the last war in defence of our common Western values that benefited all of Europe.  And in particular the peoples in Western Europe.

It is only fair that they should now receive a generous welcome in the newly emerging European Union, a land they see full of promise. Both our nations had suffered centuries of foreign domination and brutal barbarism. Good fortune has given Ireland a brighter present and future.

The Polish people hope that the small country of Ireland has matured into a powerful modern nation now able and willing to provide constructive leadership, now clearly essential in the evolving process European enlargement.

 

We have shared long misfortunes. Let's now share modern prosperity under the one European roof.

Helena Johnston :
The Chairperson of the Irish Polish Society,
20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2

(contact no 6681201- Helena Johnston)

(contact no  0874129494 - Jan Kaminski)


Wizyta Wicepremiera Irlandii, Pani Mary Harney w Towarzystwie Irlandzko-Polskim w Dublinie,  w dniu 31 maja 2001 roku. (w zwiazku ze zblizajacym sie referendum (7 czerwca 2001 roku)

o ratyfikacji Traktatu Nicejskiego)

Przemowa Prezesa Towarzystwa, Heleny Johnston

Tanaiste, His Excellency Mr Ambassador, members of the Irish Polish Society and Polish and Irish people in Ireland.

I welcome you, Tanaiste, very warmly at the centre of the Irish Polish Society. We are honoured to host a meeting with you and for the Irish Polish Society, this is a historic moment. Ever since its foundation in 1979,The Irish Polish Society, which comprises of the Polish community in Ireland and their Irish friends, have been involved in promoting and supporting Polish causes in Ireland. 

We supported the democratic changes in Poland throughout the eighties, promoted Polish Irish links throughout the nineties, but Polandís entry to EU had been on our hearts for a long time. At the recent Congress of Polish Diaspora in Poland, organisations of Polish background from EU countries gave a written promise to Polish Prime minister, Prof. Jerzy Buzek, that we do the best we can to support Poland in her entry to EU. You Tanaiste and Your Government made it easy for us, as you have  shown a positive support for the Teaty of Nice and we thank you for that.  In this context the Irish Polish Society is calling for a ďYesĒ vote. 

Polish people and other nations of Central Europe canít forget the huge sacrifices  they made during the last war in defence of our common western values that benefited all of Europe, and more recently,  the changes in Europe were possible thanks to Polandís Solidarity movement which contributed to collapse of communism. We feel it is only fair that Poland should now receive a generous welcome in the newly emerging European Union, a land that people of Poland see as a land full of promise. Both our countries suffered foreign domination for centuries and shared long misfortunes. Letís now share modern prosperity under the one European roof, as this enlargement will be a true reunification of Europe after decades of forced separation. This enlargement gives rise to the hope that a stable and permanent peace can be achieved across the whole continent, and the Irish people who went through similar hardship as Poland know it only too well. Vote Yes. 

*Tanaiste w jezyku irlandzkim oznacza wice-premier (wym: tonaszte) (przyp. autora)