“So far, no replacement has been named for Declan Kelly”

As the Irish Echo notes, the US State Department has “nothing to announce at this time” on whether there will be another economic envoy to Northern Ireland appointed.  The report also notes that the economic envoy’s website is now a “password protected area” – but it was registered by Declan Kelly Consulting.  From the Irish Echo report Kelly, resigned his position earlier this month. A State Department spokeswoman refused to directly respond to the question of whether the Obama administration would appoint another envoy …

Read more…

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 …

Read more…

“It will be 2012 at the earliest before we can say whether Northern Ireland’s unemployment rate and levels have peaked.”

As the BBC reports The number of people claiming unemployment benefit last month reached 59,000 – a rise of 100 on the previous month. That means unemployment has reached its highest rate in 13 years. And it’s worth noting from the Northern Ireland Labour Market Report April 2011 [pdf file], that that’s an increase of 3,300 over the year. Employment The number of persons in employment in the period December 2010 – February 2011 was estimated at 779,000. This estimate was up …

Read more…

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 …

Read more…

Clinton: “I think I’ll serve as secretary of state as my last public position”

As noted by the Telegraph’s Nile Gardiner, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has told an audience in Bahrain that the post will likely be her last in public office. Clinton was speaking at a town hall meeting in Bahrain, where she’s attending a Gulf security summit hosted by Bahrain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies, where Yemen and Iran are expected to dominate the agenda. “I think I’ll serve as secretary of state as my last public position, and then probably …

Read more…