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US Congressman Mike Doyle

US Congressman Mike Doyle

US Congressman Mike Doyle

Two US Congressmen will sign a memorandum of understanding today with officials from both sides of the border aimed at boosting innovation, training and economic growth between the island of Ireland and the US.

Pennsylvania congressmen Mike Doyle (Democrat) and Mike Kelly (Republican) will sign the agreement with the Louth-Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) as well as the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, Catalyst Connection and the Portview Trade Centre in Belfast at the Xerox Technology Park in Dundalk.

Martin O’Brien, chief executive of the LMETB said its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre of Excellence in Dundalk “has made a major contribution to the provision of training, supports and services to companies all across Ireland, helping to ensure that these companies have a talent pipeline of highly skilled current and future employees in high value employment”.

He said the memorandum of understanding signals “precisely this type of partnership approach with thought leading organisations in both Northern Ireland and the US that allows us to continue knowledge and network sharing, enabling businesses of all sizes to become leaders in advanced manufacturing and to compete and thrive in the global economy”.

Jim Lamb, President of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, said the agreement “opens up a wide range of training, internships and trade opportunities to businesses and current and future workforces in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the USA.

“It also allows the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh to continue its role of over 30 years in supporting the peace and political processes on the Island of Ireland,” he added.

And Brendan Mackin, chair of the Portview Trade Centre said the alliance between the bodies will open up access to state-of-the art facilities, programmes and supports to a large community in Belfast “which in turn will make a major contribution to peace and political processes”.

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