Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    4 / -7   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>Opinion

Leading Irish economist says Chinese VP's visit landmark for Ireland (3)


10:22, February 18, 2012

After suffering from a damaging international financial crisis, Halligan said Ireland now has a better insight into how to maintain financial stability. He said China may be interested in an exchange of information with Ireland to prevent further economic disasters in the future.

"We've got to ensure that the unexpected, which always happens politically, doesn't catch us unawares, that we monitor certain flashpoints together and, to the extent that one can, prevent a flashpoint in the global economic international sphere becoming a dangerous crisis, then we should exchange information," said Halligan.

"So, I think it's question of mutual understanding, mutual comprehension and mutual respect. That's absolutely important. And I think that the dialogue which is now going to be intensified and brought to a high level between Ireland and China would help in that direction."

Halligan said the Irish government was strongly considering the possibility of introducing Mandarin as a second language in second level education. He said this action would make a real statement about Ireland's dedication to developing relations with China.

"I know that our Minister for Education is very seriously considering this issue of Mandarin at second level and as one of the most important languages to be taught at second level," he said.

"We understand the difficulties that we would have here. First of all, we'll be getting the teachers for a start, also the resources that would be involved particularly at a time when we're suffering from cutbacks and engaged in an austerity program. But nonetheless I can tell you that he is actively considering this matter in a very positive way."

【1】 【2】 【3】


Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Director Tsui Hark brings movie to Berlinale

  2. Museum focused on China's cameras

  3. 39th Canadian Int'l Auto Show opens in Toronto

  4. 91-year-old plants trees over 40 yrs

Most Popular


  1. Promoting peace talks shows China's attitude
  2. European integration at crossroad
  3. China needs to improve overseas security
  4. National interests may trump prior goodwill
  5. China, India should strengthen mutual trust
  6. China, EU should cooperate calmly and rationally
  7. Chinese VP's US visit strengthens bilateral ties
  8. Returning to Libya not easy for Chinese companies
  9. Xi’s visit offers chance to renew consensus
  10. China should continue tight monetary policy

What's happening in China

Museum focused on China's cameras

  1. Former Qiangdao club president sentenced to jail
  2. Shanghai to release PM2.5 data in June
  3. Proview seeks ban on iPad import in China
  4. China's river pollution 'a threat to people's lives'
  5. Book market tries to turn a new page

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai