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USA! USA!: Taoiseach returns to America for second time in a week

Enda Kenny is in New York for the second time in less than week as part of a three-day US visit aimed at spreading a message: ‘Ireland is open for business’.

"I left my heart in San Francisco..." Enda Kenny is returning to the States although he'll limit his visit to the east coast.
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TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is travelling to the US later today for a series of meetings with business, tourism and political leaders that will take place over the next three days. It comes less than a week after he was last in the States.

Kenny was in New York last week for the Invest in Ireland forum along with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton. He returns to the Big Apple today as part of a three-day visit that includes a meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and events in Boston.

“We have to use every opportunity to reach out across the globe to give the message that Ireland is open for business and investment,” the Taoiseach said in a statement.

“We need to keep knocking on doors, through our links with agencies including the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Tourism Ireland.  It is important that Ireland tells the world about the strenuous efforts being made here to deliver economic recovery.”

As part of the visit, the Taoiseach will take part in events involving the IDA and the Children’s Medical Research Foundation in New York today.

Tomorrow, he will call on City Hall to meet with Mayor Bloomberg, who yesterday celebrated his 70th birthday.

Later in the day Kenny will deliver a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as attend a dinner with senior business leaders which is hosted by the American Ireland Fund.

On Friday, the Taoiseach will have breakfast with business leaders in an event hosted by the Irish American Partnership before he calls in on Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.

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Later in the day he will meet with the President of the State Senate, Therese Murray, and State House Speaker Robert de Leo as well as other members of the Massachusetts legislature.

Finally, he will take part in a lunch hosted by Enterprise Ireland and will deliver a speech at the John F Kennedy Library before returning to Ireland for the weekend.

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