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Taoiseach travelling to the U.S. for three-day business Programme

The Taoiseach will travel to the United States today for a three-day programme of engagement with key business leaders in Silicon Valley and New York. The primary focus of the visit is to emphasise and promote Ireland's attractiveness as a location for investment and trade and to communicate Ireland's priorities in the context of Brexit and other recent significant international developments.

The centre-piece of the Taoiseach's programme in Silicon Valley is an address to the San Francisco Bay Area Economic Council, an influential group of leading Bay Area companies which will take place in Facebook headquarters. During his short time on the West Coast, the Taoiseach will also attend an Enterprise Ireland event aimed at supporting the growth of Irish companies on the West Coast as well as meeting with some key investors in Ireland.

The Taoiseach will then travel to New York where he will meet with and address a number of influential business groups including the Partnership for New York City and a meeting of key business leaders hosted by Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg. He will meet a number of existing and potential investors in Ireland and attend the signing of a partnership between Enterprise Ireland and Northwell Healthcare Group, a leading US healthcare company.

The Taoiseach will also engage with Irish-American political, business and community leaders at receptions in both Palo Alto and New York.

Commenting on his programme, the Taoiseach said:

My visit to the United States is a timely opportunity to engage with key business leaders to promote Ireland and highlight our strengths as a gateway for US firms into Europe and other global markets. In all engagements I will highlight our highly skilled workforce, our competitive tax offering and our focus on innovation as well as our strong commitment to EU membership.