February 11, 2020
Irish Network-DC, in collaboration with NYU Washington, DC, invited guests to the D.C. introduction of the newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cooperation Ireland North America, Norman Houston OBE. Houston was awarded an OBE (Office of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2018. His remarks will address the impact and urgency of Cooperation Ireland’s cross-border, cross-community efforts just as Brexit is beginning to be implemented. This was Norman’s first public appearance in his new role. Audience members heard about the charity’s work across Ireland and its vision for the future.
Since its founding in 1979 as Cooperation North, Cooperation Ireland has been the leading peace-building charity on the island of Ireland, working island-wide with all communities to build and strengthen vibrant and diverse societies. Twenty-two years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, Cooperation Ireland’s role has changed but its mission continues and its services are as vital as ever. Guests will learn about its vision and the crucial work ahead. Cooperation Ireland operates with formal support of the governments in Dublin and London, and the organization’s peace and reconciliation programs are grassroots-driven and community-centric
The evening's program included a brief reception with light snacks, followed by Houston’s remarks.
Please note that this program may have been filmed and/or photographed.
Formerly the director of the Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington, D.C., serving for the last 12 years as Northern Ireland’s most senior diplomat in the U.S. and Canada, Norman Houston brings his unique vision and wealth of experience to this leading peace-building charity as he heads up its operations in the United States. Houston has over 38 years of experience working as a senior official in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He has spearheaded the Executive's international strategy in the United States and Canada since 2007, and was the first Northern Ireland diplomat to escort the First Minister and deputy First Minister into the Oval Office to meet with then-President George W. Bush. Norman has since facilitated similar meetings during the Obama Administration. During his time in Washingon, Norman has strengehtened the Buerau's profile on Capitol Hill and within the larger diplomatic community.