McGuinness hopeful of U.S. investment
Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness visited Washington, D.C. and New York last week to mark the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
In Washington, McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson held a series of high-level meetings with President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other administration officials.
Before traveling to the White House McGuinness and Robinson discussed a number of potential investment opportunities in the North with U.S.-based firms, with McGuinness expressing confidence that jobs would flow to the North as a result of the joint U.S. visit.
The two ministers briefed President Obama on St. Patrick’s Day on recent political developments in the North, including the vote to transfer policing and justice powers from Westminster.
Both men sported green ties for the White House visit and thanked President Obama for his continued support of the peace process. They also discussed the administration’s efforts to secure further American investment in Northern Ireland. The top-level meetings underline that the administration will work to promote Irish issues on an ongoing basis.
“The first thing to say is there is a very strong, very powerful relationship between the administration in the United States and political leaders in the North,” McGuinness told the Irish Voice in New York on Thursday.
“But the bonds between Irish America generally and the Irish people have never been stronger. We’re all very conscious that when there was a state of war in the north of Ireland that in the Irish American community people had different opinions and different ideas about what was the best way forward and there was a certain level of division.
“What the peace process has done is united everybody. All the main sections of Irish America are rock solid behind the peace process. The influence they have brought to bear through the Clinton, Bush and now the Obama administration is quite incredible, I have to say.”
McGuinness stated that the top-level access is granted not just on St. Patrick’s Day, but also on an ongoing basis. It is, he said, is testimony to the friendships between the two nations that quite clearly exist.
“When we meet President Clinton at the American Ireland Fund Dinner you can see the buzz in his face as he’s coming toward you. He knows that one of the great successes of his administration was the role that he played in bringing peace to Ireland along with the rest of us,” McGuinness added.
Irish America has everything to be proud of in terms of the invaluable contributions they have made, McGuinness said.
“That role is changing and it’s best articulated now by Secretary Clinton, where her focus -- at our request -- is on economic investment. I find her as energized about the need to do that as she ever was about any of the work she and Bill were involved in,” McGuinness said.
“Her appointment of Declan Kelly as economic envoy to the North is a very strong declaration of her intent in trying to get investment into the North.”
McGuinness and Robinson met with Clinton at the State Department where, with support from Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen, they argued in favor of an extension to the International Fund for Ireland, which the U.S. government has contributed to every year.
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- Virginia governor slammed by doctor over...
- Top Christmas Irish ads that will be bring...
- Irish drugs mule to escape full trial and...
- Gay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
I find it funny how "DaddyMac22" is in fact Cormac the afterbirth but he refuses to identify himself properly. Ashamed, no doubt, of his ownGay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay bigots
I don't really care about baking, what caught my eye is the typical radical liberal notion that anyone who disagrees with your position is a bigot.Baby dies in horror birth at Belfast hospital as father calls for inquest
monsters in that apartheid sliver of death.Gay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay bigots
About 20 years ago, I went into the restroom at a restaurant where I was a frequent customer. As I opened the door, a young male claimed that I hit hi