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U.S.– Ireland Business Summit Gala

Mary Harney, T.D., Deputy Prime Minister and Minister forEnterprise, Trade and Employment for Ireland and Sir Reg Empey,MLA, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment for NorthernIreland.

Irish Ambassador Noel Fahey and his wife Christine O’Rourke

Talking About the Green

There's the wearing of the green, and there was a lot of talking about the green at therecent joint U.S.-Ireland Business Summit. Global economic change and the recent waragainst international terrorism have challenged industries and governments to resolveconflicts and expand markets. Answering this call for cooperation, an historic invitation-onlythree-day gathering of senior business, academic, and government leaders took place inearly September. The September 5 gala at theNational Building Museum attracted 550 guests, including Health and Human Services SecretaryTommy Thompson; Ireland's Trade Minister Mary Harney; North Ireland's Trade MinisterReg Empey; American ambassador to Ireland Richard Egan; Sir Christopher Meyer,ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britainand Northern Ireland; Ireland's ambassador-designate to the U.S. Noel Fahey; and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, as well as American andIrish corporate leaders (from both northern and southern Ireland). Irish dancing troupeRiverdance performed before dinner, and flutist Sir James Galway provided mellowerafter-dinner entertainment.

Susan Davis, Chairman of the U.S.–Ireland Business Summit

Sir James Galway

Deborah Wince-Smith and Stephen Kinson

Richard J. Egan, American Ambassador to Ireland, Tommy Thompson, Secretary ofHealth and Human Services, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Riverdance performers

              Photos by John Harrington


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