Irish MP visits sister city
A TOUCH of Ireland came to Lismore yesterday when Paul Kehoe, Minister of State to the Prime Minister and Defence, was in town.
The chief Irish government whip visited the Northern Rivers as Lismore has a sister town arrangement with the Irish town of Lismore.
Mr Kehoe visited five Australian cities and attended 25 meetings in 10 days on a trade tour which finished in Lismore visiting family.
"Lismore is twinned with the town of Lismore in county Waterford which is based not far from my constituency," he said.
"It was great to meet the mayor, Jenny Dowell and the local member, Thomas George, and see Lismore at its finest and the sunshine, after coming all the way from Ireland."
Mr Kehoe said there were similarities between the two Lismores.
"Both towns are built on the river and both towns flood on regular occasions," he said.
"This is my first visit to Lismore and I have to say it's a beautiful city.
"The local police station and other public services, I can assure you, are bigger than what they are in Lismore in back in Ireland."
Mr Kehoe said with $22 billion euros worth of trade annually between Australia and Ireland, the tour was worthwhile.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said it was wonderful to have Mr Kehoe in Lismore.
"There are a lot of things in common other than the sister town relationship," she said.
"They have a St Carthages Church; we have St Carthages Cathedral and both places are so green."