Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the United States, believes that sunny Palm Beach is the perfect place to promote and house business from the Emerald Isle.
The diplomat believes that the South Florida town of Palm Beach may see an influx of Irish businesses soon, particularly in the service and tourism sectors.
The Waterford native and was in Palm Beach for The Ireland Funds’ Emerald Isle Dinner Dance; an annual gathering of some 200 Florida-based dignitaries. Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Bill Casey, the Vice Chair of Ernst & Young America, and Shane Stephens, The Irish Consul General, were also in attendance.
Thank you to @TheIrelandFunds for honoring me at last night's Emerald Isle Dinner Dance. What a privilege to be recognized alongside former Taoiseach @EndaKennyTD, joined by my mom, friends, family and colleagues as we all work toward a #BetterWorkingWorld pic.twitter.com/oKKbXf2OGC— Bill Casey (@BillMCasey) February 16, 2018
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“Frankly, it’s hard to believe that you would find many places in the world where you would find that community of impressive business people who are either Irish or people of Irish descent,” Mulhall (pictured below) told Palm Beach Daily News.
Mulhall maintains now that the Irish economy is "back on track" it is imperative for homegrown businesses to expand to the US. Post-Brexit, Ireland has been highlighted as the only native English speaking company in the European Union, making it an attractive destination for American businesses looking to expand their European presence.
Stephens echoed this sentiment, adamant that Palm Beach and Southern Florida are on the cusp of becoming major hubs for Irish businesses expanding their US presence.
“This region is growing faster than other regions in the United States, and we want to get part of that action,” he told the outlet. “Irish companies are already doing that … and I think it’s going to intensify.”