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Tánaiste to mark opening of new Irish consulate in Austin, Texas, with Texas Secretary of State

Trade, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Press Releases, North America, 2014

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today met with the Secretary of State of Texas, Nandita Berry, to mark the opening of a new Irish consulate in Austin, Texas.

Secretary Berry is in Ireland leading a Texan business delegation on an Economic Development Mission.

During their meeting, the Tánaiste and Secretary Berry discussed new trade and investment opportunities ahead of the opening of the new consulate.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, the Tánaiste said:

“Texas is home to four of the fastest-growing cities in the US – Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The consulate, which will officially open this summer, will position Ireland to take advantage of new opportunities both for Irish-owned enterprises doing business in the US and securing new inward investment.”

Today’s meeting follows the Tánaiste’s announcement earlier this year of a major expansion of Ireland’s diplomatic network abroad, to include five new embassies and three new consulates in cities across South East Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

The locations of the new missions were specifically designed to boost Irish trade and inward investment.

The Tánaiste added:

“Austin is known as ‘the Silicon Valley of the Future’ because of its focus on hi-tech, innovative start-ups. Ireland’s standing as one of the leading locations in the world for technology companies means that Austin is an ideal base from which to further develop our economic and investment links.

“I look forward to working to further develop the trade and investment flows between us and following up on the outcome of the Texas delegation’s visit here to Ireland this week”.   

Texas is the world’s 13th-largest economy, which was a key factor in the decision to locate a consulate in the Texas State capital and burgeoning tech hub, Austin.

Earlier this year, Enterprise Ireland also opened its first office in Austin. Both Enterprise Ireland and the IDA have client companies based in the region.

Almost two million residents in Texas have Irish ancestry making it one of the top five most populous Irish American States in the US.                 

 

ENDS

31 March 2014

Press Office

 

Notes to Editors