US Secretary of State to visit NI “within weeks”

Earlier predictions were for a September visit, but at the Labour Party conference Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, MP, confirmed what “sources close to the Clinton camp” told Niall O’Dowd at the start of this month. BBC report – “The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is planning to visit Northern Ireland “within weeks”.” Although we’re still waiting for an official announcement. Was it a sudden decision? She is still the US Secretary of State. Adds the iol report includes the quote

“I can announce today that within the next few weeks Secretary of State Hillary Clinton specifically wants to come to Northern Ireland to help look at the jobs and opportunities and investment that America can bring to Northern Ireland,” [Shaun Woodward] said.

Update It’s worth noting the anticipated itinerary in the RTÉ report

She will travel to London first on 10 October. Mrs Clinton is expected to meet Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin when she arrives in Dublin the following day. On 12 October she will travel to Belfast to meet political leaders there.