Thursday 19 October 2017

Burton full of energy on US trip

Joan Burton has been doing the handshakes in Chicago as part of the St Patrick's Day hooley.

While there, the minister has been talking up Ireland's wind energy sector and how companies such as Eddie O'Connor's Mainstream Renewable and NTR have used the city as a base for developing their activities in the US.

She's also trying to drum up business in terms of increasing Ireland's attractiveness as a base for managing 'green' assets.

This morning, she'll be having breakfast and speaking at the Union League of Chicago for the Irish American Partnership's annual St Patrick's Day gathering.

The event will be chaired by Alderman Edward Burke, a lawyer whose wife is an Illinois supreme court judge.

Burke is the dean of the Chicago City Council and a more than 30-year political veteran, who's counted as the city's most powerful mandarin.

Needless to say, being that long on the job means you're bound to have some scrapes. He even has bodyguards.

But just like Burton, it's energy that's been preoccupying his mind.

He recently asked the city to ban high-energy caffeine drinks such as Red Bull, but the proposal fell flat at a council meeting this month.

Between that and being the current chair of the city's finance committee, no doubt he and Burton will have plenty to chat about.

Irish Independent

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