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Dutch Ambassador visits LEDP Campus in Roxboro and highlights importance of inclusion and sustainability 3 Dutch Ambassador visits LEDP Campus in Roxboro and highlights importance of inclusion and sustainability 3


Dutch Ambassador visits Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership



Dutch Ambassador visits Limerick – pictured are John Gilmartin, Chair of LEDP, The Dutch Ambassador Maaike van Koldam, and Niall O’Callaghan, CEO, LEDP. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Dutch Ambassador visits Limerick and highlights importance of inclusion and sustainability

Dutch Ambassador visits LEDP Campus in Roxboro and highlights importance of inclusion and sustainability 3
LEDP visit by Maaike van Koldam, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ireland. Picture: Keith Wiseman

The Dutch Ambassador Maaike van Koldam yesterday visited Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) in Roxboro as part of her ongoing visit to Limerick.

During the engagement at the Campus, the Ambassador of the Netherlands had the opportunity to meet with students from across the city who are part of the LEDP and UL collaboration, AccessCampus homework club, as well as meeting UL students who are volunteering as their tutors.

The Ambassador was welcomed to the facility by the LEDP CEO Niall O’Callaghan and his team, who provided an overview of the charity’s activities and impact in the community since its establishment 25 years ago in response to the closure of the Moulinex-Krups factory.




Earlier in the day, the Ambassador met with Limerick City and County Council’s Chief Executive Dr. Pat Daly and Mayor Gerald Mitchell.

This wide-ranging discussion covered topics like enterprise, renewable energy and active mobility, including the new cycling infrastructure in the Roxboro area which will expand transportation options for people on the Southside.

Ambassador van Koldam, who previously served as a diplomat in Ukraine, also met with a group of Ukrainians now based in the Limerick area who are participating in English language classes being overseen by the UL Access Campus team at LEDP.

“The work which the LEDP team does is helping to bring people together at a community level, while opening doors for young people in terms of educational and professional opportunities.

“Inclusion has to be at the heart of policymaking at all levels. What is being accomplished in Limerick in areas as diverse as expanding the cycle lane infrastructure to new communities or giving Ukrainian arrivals the language skills and opportunities they need to succeed is an example for all of us. Together, we can succeed in meeting today’s challenges, and create a brighter tomorrow for everyone,” said Ambassador van Koldam.

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