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Enda's off to Chicago to promote Ireland

His Department said the primary focus of the trip is to promote Ireland as a location for investment, trade and tourism.

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TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY will travel to the United States today for a two-day trade and investment mission in Chicago.

His Department said the primary focus of the trip is to promote Ireland as a location for investment, trade and tourism and to support the growth of Irish companies in Illinois.

He will address the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which brings together political and business leaders to discuss key global issues.

He’s expected to communicate Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and emphasise Ireland’s strong commitment to EU membership and to free trade.

Tomorrow Kenny will meet Irish community leaders and members of the diaspora and Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, while on Tuesday, he will meet with representatives of the Chicago Irish Immigrant Support Centre and address a Tourism Ireland event.

Commenting on his programme, the Taoiseach said, “My visit to Chicago is an opportunity to support the growth of Irish companies in Illinois and further deepen our commercial links with the US.

Throughout my engagements I will communicate Ireland’s priorities in the context of Brexit and highlight the attributes which continue to make Ireland an attractive location for trade and investment, particularly for US companies seeking a gateway into the European single market.

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