Tánaiste to bring message of Ireland’s recovery to Boston and Washington D.C.


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12th March 2015 - The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., will today travel to the US for a series of key political, economic and cultural meetings and events as part of the Government’s St Patrick’s Day programme. The Tánaiste will visit Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Pittsburgh during her visit, and convey the rapid pace of Ireland’s economic recovery and our advantages as a location for foreign direct investment.

Addressing the turnaround in the Irish economy, the Tánaiste said: “In the last year we have seen our economic recovery accelerate. We recorded the fastest growth in the Eurozone, and will do so again this year. Responsible, reforming Government has resulted in the creation of 90,000 jobs since we launched our major jobs focus, while unemployment has fallen from a crisis peak of 15.1% to 10.1% now. I will be telling that story of Ireland’s hard-won economic recovery in Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

“I will convey the message to US companies that we have a young, highly skilled workforce in the only English-speaking country within the Eurozone. We provide barrier-free access to an EU market of over 500 million consumers, and we offer an excellent business environment, with a stable and competitive corporation tax regime and strong incentives for research and development.”

Addressing the Irish-American community, the Tánaiste said:  “The Government places enormous value on our Irish community in the US, and I look forward to hearing from members of the community on the opportunities and challenges they currently face, and to tell them that we stand ready to assist in any way we can.”

Beginning her visit in Boston, the Tánaiste will meet with a number of Irish organisations based in the city, including the Irish International Immigrant Centre, and the Irish Network Boston. While in Boston the Tánaiste will also meet with Mayor Marty Walsh in City Hall, make a major address at Boston College, and attend the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

In Washington D.C. the Tánaiste will attend high-level meetings with both the World Bank and the IMF, in which she will discuss significant economic and political issues.

The Tánaiste’s visit to Philadelphia will include meetings with Irish-American business groups, including the Irish American Chamber and Business Network and key IDA client companies. She will visit the Commodore Barry Irish Centre, and attend the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Gala with the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. The Gala event will see the Tánaiste meet with up to 300 members of the Irish and Irish-American community in Philadelphia. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Irish Immigration Centre, Philadelphia.

In Pittsburgh the Tánaiste will attend an American Ireland Fund event, a philanthropic network that supports peace and reconciliation programmes in Ireland and across the world.  She will also meet with the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and Acting Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Commerce, Patrick Gallagher, and separately with the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto.

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