Representative Brendan Boyle, the US Congressman for Pennsylvania's 13th district was in Dublin today and spoke at a briefing on the business links between Ireland and his state. The briefing was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, who represent the 700 US companies located in Ireland. Congressman Boyle, who is the only ‘first-generation Irish' member of Congress, was joined by his brother Kevin Boyle a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Speaking at the event Representative Boyle said "It's an honour and a pleasure to be here. Not only is this a great opportunity to connect with my ancestral roots, it's also the perfect time to build on the business and tourism relationships that already exist between Ireland and Pennsylvania. My heart belongs to both places and I look forward to continuing the great alliance between our two countries."
Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber said "Ireland has well established links with cities and states across the US and Pennsylvania is certainly a great example of this. Many of the top US companies in Ireland are headquartered there. This includes Aramark who employ 5,000 nationwide and Teleflex who are growing significant operations in Limerick and Athlone. Likewise Irish companies such as Icon PLC, have found great success in Philadelphia. We are delighted to welcome Congressman Boyle to discuss ways that we can continue to build this relationship which already accounts for over $1 billion a year in trade travelling in both directions.