GOVERNOR PATRICK MEETS WITH IRISH PRIME MINISTER ENDA KENNY
Governor Patrick and Senate President Therese Murray meet with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the Department of the Taoiseach in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo credit: Merrionstreet / Irish Government's News Website)
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DUBLIN – Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick, along with Senate President Therese Murray, today met with the Prime Minister of Ireland, or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny to discuss the Commonwealth’s ongoing commitment to expanding opportunities for economic development and job creation between Massachusetts and Ireland.
The meeting was one of several events Governor Patrick participated in today while in Ireland, which also included a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Ireland Eamon Gilmore; a Digital Health and Life Sciences Trade Summit, sponsored by the Massachusetts’ Life Sciences Center and the HealthXL Accelerator Program; and a meeting with the Ireland-Massachusetts Partnership.
In 2012, Ireland was the Commonwealth’s 14th largest export partner, with over $509 million in goods and services to Ireland. Massachusetts is also Ireland’s sixth largest import partner. The Commonwealth imported over $1.2 billion worth of goods and services from Ireland last year. This trip is another example of Governor Patrick’s focus on advancing Massachusetts’ presence in the global marketplace. The Governor has recently lead delegations of business, academic and key sector leaders on Trade Missions to Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Israel and the United Kingdom. These Trade Missions have resulted in foreign-based businesses locating in Massachusetts and job creation here in the Commonwealth and in partner countries.