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Taoiseach Travels to Washington for Key Meetings with US Leaders 16th March 2010

 

Taoiseach Travels to Washington for Key Meetings with US Leaders 16th March 2010

The Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen TD, is in Washington DC today on the final leg of his visit to the United States.

Tonight, he will make the keynote address at the Annual Dinner of the American Ireland Fund.

His speech is expected to focus on the recent significant progress in the Northern Ireland peace process, following the Hillsborough Agreement and the vote last week to transfer policing and justice powers from London to Belfast.

The Taoiseach will also meet with US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who will be honoured for her contribution to the peace process.

Earlier, the Taoiseach will meet with members of the Ireland America Economic Advisory Board. He will also chair a meeting of American members of the Global Irish Network, where he is expected to emphasise the importance of Irish culture to our international identity as well as the economic and social aspects of our global relationships.

The Global Irish Network was formed as a follow-up to the Global Irish Forum, which was held in Farmleigh last year.

The Taoiseach will also attend a business event hosted by Enterprise Ireland for Irish companies who are operating in the United States.

Tomorrow, the Taoiseach will meet with President Obama for the traditional St Patrick's Day celebrations in the White House.

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