Minister offers solidarity to Christchurch Irish firm Minister offers solidarity to Christchurch Irish firm CREDIT: Concilio

Minister offers solidarity to Christchurch Irish firm

Friday 25 March 2011, 10:53AM
By Concilio


Irish Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children, along with His Excellency Máirtín O'Fainín, Irish Ambassador for Australia took time on their recent visit to Christchurch, New Zealand to meet with a local office of Irish firm, The Perigord Group.

The minister was presented with an outline of the firm’s products and took a keen interest in the group’s activities in the region. She also discussed the employees personal experience of the recent earthquake.

About The Perigord Group
The Perigord Group,, are a global artwork management company. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, the group has offices on the east and west coast of the USA and in the APAC region, Singapore and Christchurch, New Zealand. Founded in 1976, the group is a private company owned by Alan Leamy C.E.O and Paul Leamy C.T.O.
The group's cutting edge product GLAMS or Global Artwork Management System is a collaborative system, which connects all stakeholders in the creation of marketing and packaging materials and companies from all over the world are now using the solution to manage their brands, marketing and packaging assets.

The Perigord Group are an Enterprise Ireland client company. Enterprise Ireland is the Government agency in Ireland responsible for supporting Irish businesses in the manufacturing and internationally traded service sectors. Specifically, Enterprise Ireland helps businesses to start-up, innovate and ultimately, to achieve global success.

About the Minister’s Visit
Minister Fitzgerald, accompanied by His Excellency Máirtín O'Fainín, Irish Ambassador for Australia, paid a one day visit to Chrishchurch on 19th March to meet with members of the Irish Community. The Minister also met with the family of one of the Irish victims, John O’ Connor, following the funeral. The Minister conveyed condolences on behalf of the Government to the O’ Connor family, many of whom had travelled from Kerry for the service. While in Chrishchurch the Minister met with New Zealand Minister for Economic Development and Earthquake Recovery, Mr Gerry Brownlee, the first such meeting with the New Zealand Government.

The visit to Christchurch followed a five day visit to Australia where the Ministerial programme included economic, tourism and Irish community related events. The Minister also met with the Australian Minister for Schools, Early Childhood and Youth, Mr Peter Garrett and discussed child- related issues.