Pictured this morning at the Congressional Breakfast at the Shelbourne Hotel were: Presidential Freedom Medal honouree, Congressman John Lewis; Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley; Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii; Liz McCloskey, president and CEO, The Faith & Politics Institute; and Ireland INC president, Ian Hyland.
Leaders from the Irish and American business sectors gathered at the Shelbourne Hotel this morning for a productive breakfast meeting with leading US politicians.
The business breakfast, hosted by Ireland INC, welcomed Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley. Other notable attendees from the US political sphere included Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono and Presidential Freedom Medal honouree, Congressman John Lewis.
Irish Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson also attended the 100 person breakfast, along with her counterpart at the US Embassy, Stuart Dwyer and a number of Irish Government ministers.
Discussions covered a diverse range of subjects including increasing the footprint of Irish-born companies in the US and encouraging continued US investment in Ireland. Following the 16th anniversary since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, attendees also discussed the importance of an all-island approach in increasing economic ties with the US.
The outcomes of the breakfast will now contribute to a six year strategy document for Ireland INC entitled ‘Ireland INC 2020: A Vision for the Future’ which was launched at the New York Stock Exchange in March of this year.