Historic State Visit to UK is a great opportunity to improve economic ties- O’Reilly TD

Speaking today (8th April) after President Michael D Higgin’s arrived in the United Kingdom, on his official State Visit, Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan and Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good-Friday Agreement, Deputy Joe O’Reilly spoke enthusiastically about the visit.

“The state visit is not only significant in promoting a positive relationship between the two countries; it also provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen economic links with Britain. There are 200,000 jobs in Ireland which are estimated to have been directly created by trade with the UK. 50% of our beef and 42% of our food and drink exports went directly to the UK last year” explained the Deputy.

“Other sectors will feel the positive effects as well. In 2013, my own constituency of Cavan received an estimated 51,000 visitors from the United Kingdom generating approximately €13 million in revenue. President Higgins’ visit will only serve to build upon those important economic links with one of our biggest trading partners”, continued Deputy O’Reilly.

“Apart from the trade that will arise from this visit, President Higgins is boosting the morale of Irish emigrants living in the United Kingdom, a community which has left a mark on and continues to contribute to the culture of British cities. I understand that the President has dedicated his first visit to the UK, to the Irish diaspora and I believe that this represents a historical turning point in our Country’s shared history” concluded the Deputy.

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Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website