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Tánaiste hosts Investment Roundtable at Government Buildings

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore today hosted a high-level Investment Roundtable at Government Buildings. The roundtable was moderated by Irial Finan, a member of the Government’s Global Irish Network Advisory Group. The meeting was attended by over 20 leaders of U.S. companies who are visiting Ireland to attend the “Emerald Isle Classic” American college football game between Navy and Notre Dame taking place in the Aviva stadium at the weekend.

The Roundtable is one of a series of events taking place on the margins of the Emerald Isle Classic which is bringing up to 35,000 football fans and alumni of the two premier American college teams to Ireland. Included among the many thousands of fans of the two teams are a number of high-level American business people who have accepted an invitation to attend a roundtable hosted by the Tánaiste to learn what Ireland has to offer as an investment location.

Speaking following the event, the Tánaiste said:

On behalf of the Government I am delighted to have this opportunity to personally brief a key new audience on the tremendous progress Ireland is making in its economic recovery and to highlight the many advantages Ireland offers as an investment location. Foreign Direct Investment has been a vital component of the successful development of our economy in the past, and the high level of US investment has been critical to this. My message today is that there has never been a better time to invest here.

Irial Finan, Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company added:

The Coca-Cola Company has been investing in Ireland for over a half a century and has built a significant presence across the island of Ireland. We wish to play our part in helping to support the Irish Government’s job creation and economic growth strategy.

Barry O’Leary, Chief Executive of IDA Ireland said:

The IDA welcomes the convening of this important event which once again highlights the vital importance of Ireland’s strategic relationships with so many US companies. Ireland is staging a strong economic recovery and pivotal to these efforts are long term relationships with key US corporates. The IDA is determined to develop and enhance these relationships even further in future.

Read the full press release here.