US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland resigns

The BBC report that the US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly, has resigned.  Well, as he said in January, “It’s no longer somebody else’s problem.” Still, nice of him to wait until the election was over… According to the BBC report There is no indication that the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has any immediate intention to replace Mr Kelly – something which may concern politicians and business leaders on this side of the Atlantic. Adds  From …

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US Economic Envoy to NI: “It’s no longer somebody else’s problem.”

The US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly, was here on a one-day visit yesterday. According to a statement from the NI Secretary of State, Owen Paterson  The Secretary of State discussed with him how the Government could, in partnership with the Executive, help develop the private sector and attract new foreign investment. He outlined his thinking of the possibility of permitting the Northern Ireland Executive to reduce the rate of Corporation Tax, on which a consultation paper is in …

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Bill Clinton’s Big [Economic] Ideas for NI…

Or, as I think I heard it described on the fawning UTV report, his “special insight” on developing the local Northern Ireland economy, ahead of next month’s one-day US economic forum on NI.  According to the BBC report Mr Clinton said new jobs could be created through greater investment in renewable energy and rebranding the local fishing industry [as “organic”]. The second is hardly a unique selling point. And I’m sure I’ve seen the first suggested somewhere else before… But we, including …

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