On 19 August 2013, Insurance Ireland published an interview given by its recently appointed President. In the interview, Insurance Ireland confirmed that (a) promoting the important role of insurance in the Irish economy and (b) furthering Ireland's position as a base for European and global insurance business were high on its agenda. Amongst other matters, the interview made clear that insurance Ireland is optimistic about the future of the insurance sector. While acknowledging the challenges facing the industry, the resilience of the industry in the face of global crises was highlighted. Ongoing initiatives in which Insurance Ireland is involved include its enhanced internal council structures (addressing life, non-life, international and health agendas) and its recent membership of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations.