US-Ireland Link-up at Boston Conference, October 7 & 8


A new effort to build economic bridges between the US and Ireland will be launched in Boston next month at the Gateways to Tomorrow conference hosted by the Irish Echo.

The conference, which features high-profile speakers from Boston and northwest Ireland — including State Senate President Therese Murray of Massachusetts and Minister Conor Murphy of the powersharing executive in the North — will build on the Global Economic Forum held in Dublin last weekend and on last year’s Investment Conference in Belfast.

While focusing on economic, academic and cultural linkages, the conference will also hear from IAUC President Kate McCabe and General James Cullen, founding President of the Brehon Law Society, who will speak on the lessons of the Irish peace process for America. Mary Louise Mallick, First Deputy Comptroller of New York State, which has invested $30m in a new fund targeting underserved areas of the North of Ireland will address the opportunities of regeneration.

Among the organisations sponsoring the conference are the University of Ulster, Magee, Derry City Council, the Derry regeneration body ILEX, and the Strategic Investment Board in North Ireland. US political figures addressing the conference include Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill and Rep. Gene O’Flaherty while Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will be chief honoree at a luncheon finale to the conference.


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