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Minister Flanagan to meet business and political leaders in Boston

Irish abroad, Minister Charles Flanagan, Trade, Press Releases, North America, 2014

 

Minister Charlie Flanagan will complete his first official trip to the United States with a series of consultations with business and political leaders in the State of Massachusetts.

Speaking in advance of arrival in Boston, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade said:

“The links between Boston and Ireland are deep and strong, rooted in the connections of our people and in the commercial links between companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Great synergies already exist in areas like life sciences and medical devices. As Ireland is a gateway to Europe, so Boston and Massachusetts can be a gateway to the US economy for Irish companies, across a range of different sectors”.

The Minister will meet with Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts and Ms Therese Murray, President of the State Senate. Governor Patrick and Ms Murray led a Massachusetts Trade Mission to Ireland in May 2013, while Ms Murray was recently awarded the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award by President Higgins at a ceremony in Buncrana, County Donegal.

The Minister will also meet with members of the Global Irish Network (GIN) who are based in the State and representatives of Irish business organisations. He will then visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and also the Edward Moore Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (which is due to open in March 2015).

The Minister will also visit the Irish International Immigrant Centre, and pay tribute to local academic Dr Molly Sheehy, at a special event in the Consulate General of Ireland marking her contribution to North South education partnerships in Ireland and Irish-American community initiatives over several decades.

Dr Sheehy, former Dean of Education at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts, for two decades, organised ‘Wider Horizons’, a transatlantic programme that brought over 300 trainee teachers from different backgrounds in Ireland, North and South, to Lowell, where they taught together in public schools.

 

Press Office

1 October 2014

 

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