"There is no more critical relationship - economically, politically and culturally - than that between Ireland and America. Yet even with such strong community ties this relationship is often taken for granted," said Niall O'Dowd, Irish America's publisher.
Calling for a strengthening of U.S.-Ireland ties, Dr. Hugh Brady said, "The economic changes and political peace that have taken place over the past decade have brought a new confidence to Ireland. Ever since the formation of the State, we have, though organizations such as the United Nations played our part in the world arena. At the same time, the Irish Diaspora has shared our culture and our heritage with their new communities, particularly in the United States."
The February/March issue of Irish America will carry a full report on the Forum, which in 2008, will be hosted by UCD in Dublin.