Blue Plaque Unveiling – Vere Foster

The ceremony took place at the Northern Ireland Offices of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) at 23 College Gardens, Belfast in the early afternoon on a sunny October day. The unveiling of the plaque was combined with the reopening of the building after a major refurbishment.

Gerry Malone, INTO President said that it was an appropriate occasion as Vere Foster had been the first President of INTO. He thanked all those who had contributed to the redesign and upgrading of the premises, including the architects and the staff of the Northern Committee.

Doreen Corcoran, Chairperson of the Ulster History Circle, briefly outlined the work of the Circle and described how the Circle and INTO had worked together to prepare and erect the plaque. She thanked all those involved.

Martin McGuinness, former Minister of Education in the NI Executive, described some of the challenges facing the education service and said he remained optimistic about the return of the institution of Government.

Unveiling the plaque, Mr McGuinness paid tribute to the work of Vere Foster and commended the Ulster History Circle on its approach to commemorating men and wome who had made a significant contribution to the life of the province.

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