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On 23rd March 2006, Mayor Therese Ridge launched this project at a conference held in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley. The conference was launched by Deputy Conor Lenihan, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Development Cooperation & Human Rights.

The morning session of the conference was chaired by Mr. Conor O’Riordan, Director, Programme Countries, Department of Foreign Affairs and included presentations from:

•    Deputy Conor Lenihan T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs for Development Cooperation & Human Rights
•    Ato. Goitom Khasay,  Charge d’Affairs, Ethiopian Embassy
•    Mayor Therese Ridge,   SDCC
•    Councillors John Hannon & Robert Dowds, SDCC
•    Eddie Conroy, Senior Architect, SDCC
•    Philip Lee,  Ethiopian Connections

The afternoon Session was chaired by Ms. Pauline Conway, Director, Sub- Saharan Africa Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and included presentations from:

•    Ato. Ahmed Kedir, Chairperson of Werabe Town Council
•    Ato. Abdulfeteh Bereda, Manager of Butajira Town Counci
•    Dr. Joel Lecorre, Project Director, Blanc-Mesnil (France) /Debre Berhan (Ethiopia) Twinning
•    Fr. Pat Cogan, Respond Housing Association
•    Hillary  McDonagh, Chief Executive, Self Help Development International

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Minister for Overseas Development Aid Conor Lenihan TD              County Manager Joe address the conference 

Mayor Therese Ridge makes a presentation to Minister Lenihan
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There was an excellent attendance of more than 60 delegates at the conference from the following organisations:

•    Department of Foreign Affairs
•    Towns of Werabe & Butajira, Ethiopia
•    Trσcaire
•    Self Help Development International
•    Irish / Ethiopian Friendship Association
•    Self-Help Blind & Handicapped Ethiopia
•    Aids Partnership for Africa
•    Ethiopian Embassy - Dublin
•    Volunteer Missionary Movement
•    EC Irish Regions Office
•    Department of Education & Science
•    Co. Dublin VEC
•    Gardaν
•    Tallaght Hospital
•    Camara - Computers for Africa charity
•    Tallaght & Clondalkin Partnerships
•    County Development Board
•    Dublin City Council
•    Fingal County Council
•    Dun Laoghaire, Rathdown County Council
•    SDCC Social Club
•    Councillors and staff of SDCC

There was a great deal of positive feedback for this Council initiative from the attendees. Deputy Lenihan expressed his hope that the project was one which could be replicated by other Irish local authorities in time.
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