Meets Ireland’s Prime Minister
Lodhie Dubbed as the ‘Thomas Edison of the LED Bulb’

Pervaiz Lodhie and Bertie Ahern

Torrance, CA: Mr. Pervaiz Lodhie, President & CEO, and Adil Gandhi, Vice President & General Manager of Ledtronics, Inc. headquartered in Torrance, California, traveled to Dublin, Ireland last week for a meeting with Bertie Ahern, Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland.
Ahern was born Bartholomew Ahern on September 12, 1951, in Dublin, Ireland. A member of Fianna Fail, he entered the Irish parliament in 1977 and held several parliamentary offices.
He was Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1986 to 1987, but returned to national government following his stint as mayor and served as Labor Minister (’87–’91) and Finance Minister (’91- ’94). In 1997 he was elected as the Prime Minister, the youngest person to have ever occupied that post and which position he continues to hold today. Ahern helped broker a cease-fire by the IRA and subsequently in 1998, he and others including Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair and George Mitchell of the US negotiated a peace agreement in Northern Ireland commonly referred to as the Good Friday Agreement or the Belfast Agreement.
The Irish Government under Bertie Ahern seems to be deeply committed to the conservation of energy and reducing the carbon footprint as a signatory of the Kyoto Accords, which in turn led to the meeting with Lodhie and Gandhi. Since 1983 Ledtronics has been a leader in designing and manufacturing environmentally friendly low power usage, long life LED bulbs as direct replacements to energy wasting incandescent light bulbs.
LED lights use 80% less energy than incandescent lighting and because it is a solid-state device that can last up to 100,000 hours, it not only achieves energy conservation goals, but also greatly reduces maintenance and replacement costs.
The Taoiseach met with the Torrance executives in his private office at government house in Dublin and indicated that he and his government wish to lead the world in energy conservation and help reduce the carbon footprint.
“He was a very congenial host,” said Pervaiz Lodhie, “ and a most charming and charismatic individual, “ added Gandhi.
Ahern invited Ledtronics to work with Ireland’s Public Works Department to help achieve their conservation goals.
During two days of meetings, the local executives also met with Batt O’Keefe, Minister for State and Brian Cowen, Minister for Finance, who during their conversations dubbed Pervaiz as the Thomas Edison of the LED bulb. Accompanying Ledtronics’ executives were Directors of Bespoke Lighting of UK, Robert White and Peter Byrne and Robert White Sr. of Dublin.

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