Taoiseach hits Qatar in Middle East trade mission
THE Taoiseach Enda Kenny is holdings series of meetings with Qatar's political and business leaders during a whistle stop tour of the country's capital Doha.
Last night the Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton met the Qatari ministers for finance, commerce and industry.
Today Enda Kenny met the chief executive of state owned Qatar Airlines Akbar al Baker and a delegation from the Qatar Investment Authority.
This afternoon the Taoiseach and Minister Bruton are meeting Qatar's Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalif al Thani and senior Government officials. Later the Irish delegation will meet the chairman of Qatar Islamic Bank, before flying on to Abu Dhabi.
With the world's biggest natural gas output and a population of two million Qatar is experience a huge real estate and investment boom, making it attractive for Irish construction services firms and professionals.
The country's wealth also means the Irish team is likely to pursue potential finance here, such as investment in Irish Government bonds or other state assets.