Little bit of US comes to town
LEADING US politicians were in Dublin yesterday for an exclusive breakfast meeting with the who's who of the Irish and American business elite.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, right, Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirano and the Irish Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson were among the distinguished guests at the Shelbourne Hotel.
Civil rights leader John Lewis, a Presidential Freedom Medal Honouree, also attended the event hosted by Ireland INC, a private sector platform aimed at promoting Irish business interests globally.
"An estimated 220 Irish companies have operations in the US, employing over 82,000 people and Ireland continues to be an attractive base for US companies," said Taoiseach Enda Kenny. "The USA and Ireland share a deep and enduring relationship which we will continue to nurture and develop to the mutual benefit of our people.
"The fact that we can gather such an authoritative and influential group is not only testament to the strength of Irish-US business ties, but it is also a signal of our potential," said Ian Hyland of Ireland INC.