Irish business leaders ring LSE bell
Leaders from the Irish and UK business communities opened trading at the London Stock Exchange yesterday morning to mark the state visit of President Michael D Higgins.
The ceremony kicked off 'Ireland Day 2014', which was run by Dublin-based Ireland Inc to further business relations between Ireland and its trading partners in the rest of the world.
There are 52 companies incorporated in Ireland listed on the official exchange and the Alternative Investment Market with a combined market capitalisation of around €79bn.
Ireland Day 2014, which has also been held in New York and Hong Kong, brought together more than 100 business leaders and participants from financial markets, the legal industry and the investment community.
The theme is "Ireland and the rest of the world through partnership".
Glen Dimplex founder Martin Naughton was later honoured during a lunchtime awards ceremony at the Stock Exchange.