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IRISH AMERICAn PARTnERSHIP GRAnTS $10,000 In HOnOR Of MICHAEl dOwlInG

he Irish American Partnership announced a special grant of $10,000 to Ahalin national School in County limerick during its annual New York Business Leaders Breakfast on April 10, 2019, in honor of Limerick native Michael J. Dowling, who is president and CEO of Northwell Health, the largest integrated health care system in New York State. Dowling delivered a keynote address to an engaged LEFT: Boston Police audience, which comprised over 160 leaders in healthcare, Commissioner construction, media, technology, finance, and legal William Gross; Éire services. “Education, for me, has been the key to whatever Society Gold Medal success I have had,” said Dowling, who also highlighted the recipient Kathleen M. O’Toole; and partnership’s vital work in supporting education and comMassachusetts munity development across Ireland, adding, “This organiState Police zation is relatively small, but your impact is huge. You are Colonel Kerry changing lives and that is extremely, extremely important.” Gilpin. hree hundred guests attended the Éire “The grants that you give to schools today, to the kids to Society of Boston’s dinner at which broaden their perspectives, give them this idea that there are other Kathleen M. O’Toole, former Massachusetts things out there. You know that there are kids that will succeed and Secretary of Public Safety and former boston Police be leaders in the future, Commissioner, was recognized as the 2019 Gold and take on responsibiliMedal award Recipient. ties that otherwise may The award was presented at the Gold Medal dinner never be possible.” and awards ceremony, which took place on Saturday The CEO of the Irish evening, April 27, 2019 at the Seaport Boston Hotel. American Partnership, The Gold Medal is awarded annually to a person Mary Sugrue, said, “It is or persons who exemplify the best of Irish culture our privilege to support and ideals. It is presented to those who have made Michael dowling’s significant contributions in their field of expertise, former primary school which benefit society. in County limerick. Kathleen M. O’Toole is a career police officer and With this gift, the school lawyer with an international reputation for principled, effective leadership and reform. She was the first female commissioner of the boston Police department when she was appointed in February 2004. In 2014 O’Toole became Seattle’s first female chief of police, and served until 2018. During O’Toole’s time there she led a major transformation project, which addressed all requirements of a settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city, and introduced to the force cutting-edge business practices and operational strategies, reducing crime and enhancing community trust. TOP: Tommy Dwyer of O’Toole’s career also brought her to Ireland. In Clune Construction and Michael Clune, chairman 1998, she served on the Patten Commission, the  of the Irish American independent commission on policing for Northern Partnership. Mike Clune Ireland, established as part of the Good Friday will begin a musical instrument loan scheme for presents Michael DowlAgreement. In 2006, she left the Boston Police its students, creating a more inclusive environing with a check for Ahalin National School. Department to move to Ireland. She was the first ment where all students can enjoy the benefits ABOVE: Former Irish Chief Inspector of An Garda Síochána (Irish police) of learning a musical instrument.” Ambassador to the U.S. reporting to Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Consul General of Ireland New York Ciarán Anne Anderson, Michael Dowling, CEO of the Equality on changes to improve efficiency in line Madden, Head of the New York Office of the Irish American Partnerwith the best international practices. She returned Northern Ireland Bureau Lorraine Turner, and ship Mary Sugrue, and to the U.S. to take up her position in Seattle in former Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne New York Consul Gen2014. – I.A. Anderson were also in attendance. – M.H. eral Ciarán Madden.

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