Ireland’s global footprint

  • Release Date: 11/06/2018
Issued 11 June, 2018.  The American Chamber today welcomed the Government’s planned expansion of Ireland’s global footprint with the announcement of 7 new Embassy or Consulate Missions in Europe, Asia, North Africa, Africa and North America.  The American Chamber particularly welcomes the announcement of a new Mission to Los Angeles, which will compliment diplomatic Missions already in place in a significant number of US cities.  

Speaking from an American Chamber Board meeting in Limerick to the discuss the Chamber’s 2019-21 Strategy, Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber said “We fully support the Taoiseach and Tanaiste’s initiative to expand Ireland’s diplomatic reach in the world. We agree with the Government’s contention that Ireland’s diplomatic networks have been invaluable to the country down through the decades.  And we support the idea that investing in a deeper global presence will help safeguard our economy.”

“We witness first hand the incredibly hard work by the Irish Embassy in DC and all of the Irish Consulates across the US in deepening the transatlantic trade and investment relationship. We also see the tremendous effort by the IDA Ireland in the US and further afield. Our members view the IDA as a critical business partner, and we fully appreciate the depth of support and sheer hard work that goes on at diplomatic level to support and facilitate this.”

“Enterprise Ireland is also doing fantastic work supporting Irish investment in the US, helping to consolidate and strengthen the truly two way economic relationship that now exits between Ireland and the US, with almost as many Irish companies creating jobs in the US now as US companies creating jobs in Ireland.”

“Ireland must nurture its position as one of the most open economies in the world, uniquely situated at the heart of the transatlantic relationship with all that offers businesses intending to trade into Europe and further afield.  Recognising and deepening the access Ireland has all around the world is a great strength of our country, and we are delighted to see Government further expanding this strategy.”

Media contact:
Conor Neylan
American Chamber of Commerce Ireland
Tel:  +353 1 661 6635  / +353 87 754 2475