Taoiseach welcomes young Japanese tsunami victims to Government Buildings – Breen

July 30th, 2013 - Pat Breen

supportourkidsgroupmeetstaisoeach_dublin_29-7-2013_byagakowalska-2The photo features child victims of the Japanese tsunami, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs, Pat Breen TD, The Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, Ambassador Chihiro Atsumi and Martin Murray, Asia Matters.
Photographer: Aga Kowalska
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. will today (Monday) welcome a group of young victims of the Japanese tsunami to Government Buildings, as part of a visit to Leinster House which has been facilitated by Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen T.D.

The children are part of a group from the Japanese charity ‘Support our Kids’, who are visiting Ireland from July 25th to August 8th. Their visit to Ireland is being organised in conjunction with Asia Matters Ireland, and the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Chihiro Atsumi, will also be present for today’s visit.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Deputy Breen said: ‘I would like to acknowledge and thank the Taoiseach for taking the time to meet with this very special group this morning. These children are being supported by the Japanese charity ‘Support our Kids’ and they have been deeply traumatised by the loss of loved ones and their experiences during the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

“The objective of their visit to Ireland is to develop their sense of self-esteem and life possibilities, make global friends, share their experiences and encourage them to help their community in Tohoku upon return to Japan.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Asia Matters Ireland and their Executive Director, Martin Murray, for the work that they are doing in promoting bilateral relations between Ireland and Japan and for their support for various Japanese charitable organisations including ‘Support our Kids’. I was delighted to be able to help them today by organising this visit to Government Buildings.

“After the children meet with the Taoiseach, I will be bringing the children across to Leinster House, where I have organised a tour for them. Following their visit to Government Buildings and Leinster House, the group will travel to the Ambassador’s Atsumi residence for a reception.

“The children have a detailed programme of events during their stay here which includes a trip to Croke Park to enjoy an All-Ireland Football Quarter Final on the August 4th, before departing Ireland on August 8th.”