A constitution for the Ireland China Institute was drafted and potential directors recruited.
Following a number of meetings, a distinguished board was forged for the Ireland China Institute. The Institute was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with no share capital. It was subsequently registered as a charity with the revenue commissioners and the charity regulator.
Since Mid 2018, the board of ICI has been Working to develop the Institute and instigate a programme of work. Ken Duggan, an Irish businessman and educationalist was appointed as the first Chairman. The Current board members encompass a broad spectrum of individuals experienced in business, academia, and current affairs. The board is made up by the following individuals Susan Barrett, Ann Corcoran, Brian Cowen, Pat Cox, Ken Duggan, Michael Flynn as Treasurer, Enda Kenny (President), Brendan McGrath, Marie O’Brien (Chairperson) , Ruairi Quinn, Odran Reid, Mary Ruane and Liming Wang.
The founder and first president of the Ireland China Institute was Brendan Halligan who passed away on 9th August 2020 after a long illness.
The Ireland China Institute publicly launched in October 2019 with an event co-hosted with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade commemorating the establishment of Irish-Chinese diplomatic relations in 1979. An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD, delivered a major speech entitled Ireland and China looking towards the next 40 years.
Covid 19 has restricted activity in 2020 but a an online programme of events is planed for the autumn of 2020 and early 2021 as the Institute seeks to establish itself as an important resource for Irish and Chinese public affairs practitioners, academics, the business community and commentators on Irish China relations.