BOSTON Mayor Marty Walsh departed Shannon Airport yesterday after an 11 day visit to Ireland and claimed that the country’s economy is “very much an economy on the move again”.
The first Irish-American Mayor of Boston in 20 years was speaking ahead of his flight to Logan from Shannon this Monday and explained that while he had a limited social and family side to his visit, the trip was a hectic one dominated by business meetings in Shannon, Galway, Donegal, Derry, Belfast and Dublin.
“As Mayor of Boston my job is to go out there and market the city as best as we can. When I was here on this trip I tried to talk about tourism and inviting people to Boston and also around business development and making sure they know Boston is open (for business),” he explained.
“That’s an important piece here, part of me as Mayor of Boston, I am also an ambassador of the city.
“As much as I enjoyed the family, this trip was really focussed on the business connections and the Government connections, making connections with other mayors from other cities here in Ireland and that’s important because in America a lot is built on the relationships with other mayors. Having those connections certainly is important.
“I’ve learned a lot more about the (Irish) economy and more particularly about the business community here in this country.
“I definitely see Ireland as an economy that is moving again and I think there’s a lot of opportunity, not just for Ireland from Boston, but there’s a lot of opportunity for Boston from Ireland.”
Shannon Group plc Chairman Rose Hynes said that Mr Walsh’s visit had opened further opportunities between Boston and Ireland.
“Mayor Walsh’s visit was a great opportunity to strengthen relationships between the City of Boston and here and we have achieved that,” said Ms Hynes.
“He is carrying back to Boston a very positive message about the West of Ireland and, indeed, the entire country.
“The last thing he said on departure was that he would continue to be in touch to discuss further opportunities for both Boston and Ireland and we look forward to that.”