Taoiseach pays visit to Ground Zero as NY trip begins
Published 05/05/2011 | 05:00
Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night visited Ground Zero at the start of his trip to New York.
Mr Kenny said he will be mindful of Irish and Irish American people killed on September 11 during his brief stay in the city this week. Mr Kenny will not meet US President Barack Obama during his visit.
The Taoiseach said he is "very mindful that this is a very poignant moment to visit this great city and a very emotional time for her citizens".
His visit to the site of the World Trade Centre attacks was a last-minute addition to his schedule, which is mostly focussed on meeting US business leaders.
Mr Kenny also addressed a gathering of Irish-American community leaders in the Irish consulate in New York last night. "I want, on my first official visit to New York, to pay tribute to the enormous contribution which Irish people and their descendants have made to making New York what it is today," he told them.
He also raised the issue of the undocumented Irish immigrants in the US and said the Government would continue to work on their behalf.
He is scheduled to meet IDA and Enterprise Ireland companies and potential investors to Ireland on Wall Street this morning.
He will also attend a gala dinner of the American-Ireland fund, which raises money for worthy Irish causes, before flying home tonight.