Minister Flanagan to meet business and political leaders in Boston1/10/14
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.
1 October 2014
Notes to Editors:
- The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was established on the centenary of the birth of Speaker Thomas P. Tip O’Neill in 2013. Its purpose is to recognise the achievements of the Irish diaspora in their chosen fields and to celebrate the global impact of Irish people everywhere. Ms. Murray was the first woman elected as Senate President in Massachusetts and has travelled to Ireland on many occasions, most recently in September 2014.
- The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of the 35th President of the United States. Its purpose is to advance the study and understanding of President Kennedy’s life and career and the times in which he lived; to promote a greater appreciation of America’s political and cultural heritage, the process of governing and the importance of public service.
- The Edward Moore Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (the EMK Institute) is scheduled to open in March 2015. Its purpose will be to educate the public about the US Government. It will use many of the issues Senator Kennedy cared deeply about to focus attention on how the Senate shapes American public policy and the nation.
- The Irish International Immigrant Centre (IIIC) provides a range of support services to Irish emigrants including the undocumented Irish emigrants. It is one of the three emigrant centres in Boston supported by the Government of Ireland under the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP). The other two being the Irish Pastoral Centre and the New England Irish Cultural Centre. In 2014, the IIIC will receive a grant of $259,998.