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Minister and ConnectIreland highlight job creation potential of St. Patrick’s Day


Minister Flanagan and ConnectIreland highlight job creation potential of St. Patrick’s Day

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today highlighted the potential of the Government’s Saint Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ programme to create jobs, support new commercial links and enhance export opportunities.

Speaking this morning at a ConnectIreland ‘St Patrick’s Day: A Unique Business Opportunity’ information event, Minister Flanagan said:

“Ministerial programmes will take place in 45 destinations across 27 different countries as the Government prepares to maximise the potential of our national holiday. Last year “Promote Ireland” engagements saw 30 trade-focussed visits. In addition there were over 100 business events involving over 13,600 Irish and international company representative and 115 company events.

“High level political presence in priority markets offers the potential to support new commercial links, export opportunities and to win new investments. These visits point the spotlight on Ireland and last year’s programme reached audiences of over 353,000 directly and 80 million through media coverage.”

Minister Flanagan praised the role that ConnectIreland has in growing business and trade opportunities with the Irish Diaspora:

“I am delighted that ConnectIreland will travel to Chicago and Milwaukee to take part in elements of the programme in place for my colleague the Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan. I am urging my Ministerial colleagues to promote the ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative when meeting the Diaspora, many of whom are enthusiastic about establishing strong trade and investment links to Ireland. This collaboration between my Department and ConnectIreland allows for a broadening and deepening of our engagement with our Diaspora with the goal of identifying new connectors for ConnectIreland, which recently reached the 1,000 jobs mark”, Minister Flanagan said.

Full speech by Minister Flanagan.

Press Office
11 March 2015