Tánaiste to meet Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on trade-focused visit to London
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon
Gilmore, T.D., will meet British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
today during a trade mission to London which will focus on
opportunities for Irish financial services companies.
The Tánaiste will brief Mr Clegg on Ireland's imminent exit from the bail-outprogramme. They will also discuss EU affairs, the strong bilateral relations between Britain and Ireland and the ongoing support of both governments for the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Tomorrow, the Tánaiste will host an Enterprise Ireland event for senior executives from 30 Irish technology and financial services companies and their key UK-based clients from the banking, insurance, and retail sectors.
Among the 30 Irish companies attending - who collectively employ over 2,200 people and have annual sales of almost €150 million to British customers - are payment solutions firm Monex, risk management consultants Quaternion, and data services provider MoneyMate.
Organised in close co-operation between the Embassy of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, the event is designed to support Irish software and financial services companies to increase exports to the UK and create jobs in Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the visit, the Tánaiste said:
“Ireland has regained the trust of the markets and our international partners and will successfully exit the EU/IMF programme next month. In 2013 we expect to achieve a third successive year of economic growth; Irish exports are at an all time high and more than 3,000 jobs are being created in the private sector every month.
“The UK is the largest market for the products and services exported by Irish small and medium enterprises, accounting for 40% of Enterprise Ireland’s client companies’ total exports last year. This business alone is worth €6.2 billion and we expect that figure to rise next year.
“The clear message I am bringing to London is that Ireland is very much open for business. I am looking forward to briefing DPM Clegg on Ireland’s economic recovery and discussing ways to further increase trade and investment between our two countries, whose relationship has never been better. I am also looking forward to meeting Irish technology and service companies selling into the British market and their clients at the Enterprise Ireland event organised in close co-operation with the Embassy of Ireland.”
During his visit, the Tánaiste will also meet Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Ivan Lewis and members of the Irish community in Britain.