Who: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
What: Visited Ireland
When: 23 September 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ireland on 23 September 2015. He is the first Prime Minister of India to visit Ireland in 59 years. Last Prime Minister to visit Ireland was Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1956.
During his visit, Modi held discussions with Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland, who also hosted a Working Lunch in honour of the visiting dignitary.
At present, Modi is on a two-Nation tour namely Ireland (23 September 2015) and the United States of America (23 September to 28 September 2015).
During his visit to Ireland, Modi presented reproductions of a selection of manuscripts and papers available in the National Archives of India pertaining to two Irish officials, Thomas Oldham (1816-1878) and Sir George Abraham Grierson (1851-1941), in recognition of their contributions in India to the Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny.
Important events that happened during Modi’s visit to Ireland includes
• The two nations agreed to develop closer partnership and cooperation.
• The two nations agreed to chart out a roadmap for collaboration in the digital world and for this they agreed to held talks between Joint Working Group on Information Technology soon.
• To help the professionals from the two countries they displayed interest in concluding social security agreement.
• The two nations agreed to have direct air services by airlines of both countries. The stance would help in promoting business links along with tourism ties, which is growing at 14 percent per year.
• India sought Ireland’s support for the reforms of the UN Security Council within a fixed time frame, particularly for successful conclusion of inter-governmental negotiations in the 70th year of the United Nations. India sought Ireland’s support for India’s permanent membership of the reformed Security Council.
• India also sought Ireland’s support for India’s membership of the NSG and other international export control regimes.
India and Ireland share much in common like colonial history. Directive Principles of State Policy in the Indian Constitution are inspired by the Irish Constitution. Institutions like Geological Survey of India and the first Linguistic Survey of India were created with the help of Irish experts.