The Dignitaries from Ireland

In 1962 Emmetsburg, Iowa and Dublin, Ireland were officially declared "Sister Cities." It has since been a privlege and honor for the St. Pat's Association to host a member of the Irish Parliament to reign over the three day celebration. Through this association, many lasting friendships have been formed.

While visiting in the states, the Parliamentarians are given the opportunity to watch Iowa's governing bodies at work, and are invited to address both sessions the state legislature. Although some have left political life and returned to sucessful businesses, they keep actively in touch with affairs of the government, both at home and abroad.

2017 Irish Dignitary

Anne Rabbitte, TD

Anne is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway East constituency, upon being elected at the 2016 general election.  She had been a member of Galway County Council from 2009 to 2016.

In May 2016 she was appointed by the Leader of the Opposition Micheál Martin to the Shadow Cabinet as Opposition Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs.

From Anne:

I am a mother, a homemaker, a widow. I am an employee, a local representative, a voice for the people.

I have worked for a well established financial institution for 15 years and became a full qualified financial adviser in 2002

I have focused myself on five main areas about which I am truly passionate and wish to affect change in my constituency.

•Rural Ireland (community development)

•Tourism (economic growth)

•Health and Fitness

•Early intervention in Childcare

•Care of the Elderly (Fair Deal/Nursing Home Support Scheme)

The committees I sit on and am involved in link directly and indirectly into these, my core issues. I am the Chairperson of the Finance Committee and board member of GRETB. I am a member of the Athenry Heritage committee. I am a member of the Strategic Policy Committee for Environment, Water services and Fire/Emergency services. I am a member of the Loughrea Municipal District. And at a more local level, I sit on the Portumna Camogie Club, Portumna Scouts, N.S Parents Association and Portumna Tidy Towns Task Force Committees. I also held a place on the recently formed Portumna FitTowns committee which launched a highly successful new initiative in Portumna in January 2015, to encourage the whole community, young and old, to get out and get active. Being involved in these groups helps me to keep my finger on the pulse, something which I find invaluable in doing my job as councillor to the highest standard.