Jet-set Enda Kenny back in New York and Boston for trade blitz
Published 15/02/2012 | 05:00
JET-SET Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives in New York later today to begin his second visit to the US in just over a week.
Having attended the Clinton Foundation business conference last Wednesday, Mr Kenny returns to America today for a series of events in New York and Boston over the next three days.
With the Government keen to promote both inward investment and tourism into the country, the Taoiseach's itinerary includes events organised by various Irish agencies.
Speaking before he left, Mr Kenny said: "We have to use every opportunity to reach out across the globe to give the message that Ireland is open for business and investment.
"We need to keep knocking on doors through our links with agencies including the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Tourism Ireland."
He is also due to give a keynote address at Harvard University in Boston tomorrow on the role of leadership and the Irish economy -- the first formal speech he's delivered in America since becoming Taoiseach 11 months ago.
Tonight he attends a dinner in Manhattan to raise funds for the Children's Medical Research Foundation in Crumlin Hospital. Organised by the latest political recruit to the Fine Gael party, Senator Eamonn Coghlan, the $10,000-a-table event in the New York Athletic Club is completely sold out.
"I always had this dream of putting on an event which would represent the very best of Ireland, in sports, entertainment, business and the arts," said Mr Coghlan yesterday.
And he is "over the moon" that he and his co-organiser Declan Kelly sold 32 tables for the event, and also have four co-sponsors who have contributed $25,000, and a main sponsor who has given $50,000 to the Foundation.
While in New York, the Taoiseach will also visit the Merck, Sharp & Dohme facility in New Jersey, and on Thursday morning he has a meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall before attending a Tourism Ireland event.
On Thursday afternoon he flies to Boston to speak at Harvard, before attending a business dinner hosted by the American Ireland Fund.
And on Friday, Mr Kenny begins the final day of his visit at a business breakfast hosted by Irish-American Partnership, before calling on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. He will end his trip with a lunch hosted by Enterprise Ireland.
However, the Taoiseach has little time to recover from any jet-lag, for on Saturday he is scheduled to address the Young Fine Gael conference which is taking place in Brian Cowen's hometown of Tullamore.