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Sixth NY/NB conference will be biggest ever

Geraldine Hughes

By Irish Echo Staff

The biggest-ever delegation of political leaders from Belfast will attend next week's New York-New Belfast conference and this just as Irish America refocuses on the prospects for the Northern Ireland peace process.

Members of the Stormont Assembly from five different parties will attend the sixth annual conference at Fordham University Lincoln Center campus on Thursday evening June 4, and on Friday June 5.

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They will be joined by their counterparts from New York City Hall, Albany and Capitol Hill who have been staunch supporters of both the peace process and transatlantic partnerships.

Over one hundred delegates are already registered for the conference which will be opened on Thursday evening by Fordham President Fr. Joseph McShane and New York-based Belfast actress Geraldine Hughes.

Among opening night highlights will be a presentation on “Game of Thrones” which is filmed in Northern Ireland and is generating a mini-tourist industry of its own. Opening night will also feature a preview of the $54 million new Irish Arts Center in New York.

On Friday, the focus switches to business with New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli — who last year committed $15 million to a Belfast equity fund for start-ups — taking the podium at the U.S.-Ireland Top Companies luncheon.

Backed by premier business partner KPMG, the conference will close with a finale reception at the Midtown residence of Irish Consul General Barbara Jones.

For more details on the conference, or to register, go to