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Minister Flanagan meets visiting US Congressional Delegation led by the Speaker of the House

Diplomatic Relations, International Relations, Irish Abroad, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, North America, 2015


Minister Flanagan meets visiting US Congressional Delegation led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today met with a bipartisan US Congressional delegation led by Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner. The delegation was in Ireland on the fourth and final leg of a visit in Europe, following visits to Finland, Lithuania, and Poland.

After the meeting at Farmleigh House, Minister Flanagan stated:

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to meet Speaker Boehner and his delegation here in Dublin. We had a very useful exchange on Irish-US links and on foreign policy issues.

“The meeting gave both sides an opportunity to discuss issues of common concern in international relations such as the situation in Ukraine, Ireland’s 2016 commemorations and current developments in the EU.

“I took the opportunity to brief the delegation on developments in Northern Ireland given the crucial role the US continues to play in the peace process.

“Regarding US immigration reform, I reiterated Ireland's concerns regarding the situation of the Irish undocumented in the US and urged progress on legislative immigration reform.

“We work closely with the Speaker as part of our active engagement with friends of Ireland on both sides of the aisle in Congress. Visits by high-level Congressional delegations such as this are a powerful demonstration of the strong and enduring links between Ireland and America.”

The Minister added:

"Ireland works successfully with the US on many areas in the international field. Our economic relationship has never been stronger, with trade in goods and services coming to over €50 Billion last year. US companies based in Ireland employ over 100,000 people, while Irish companies in the US employ tens of thousands across all 50 states.”

Press Office
2 July 2015