From: Jessica Stone [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 11:09 AM
To: Barnes, Desiree N.
Subject: Irish PM WH visit Foreign pool note#1
SOME BACKGROUND ON PM KENNY'S US VISIT:
Since he took office, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has taken a pay cut of nearly 30 thousand Euros (about 40,000 dollars.). The first half he took voluntarily, when he took office. Kenny has been trying to steer his country out of what he calls "an economic swamp," promising to eliminate the nation's debt by 2018. Before coming to the White House, he traveled to Atlanta, GA where be opened a consulate and walked in the St. Patrick's Day parade and in Austin, Texas where he lauded Texas companies' role (ie. Dell) in helping Ireland's economic recovery. He also encouraged Irish emigrants to return home, saying the national budget included reductions in the income tax burden to make it more attractive.
According to the Irish office that promotes foreign direct investment in Ireland (IDA Ireland); during 2014, 197 international companies either established offices in Ireland or expanded existing operations there. Eighty percent were U.S. based.
White House Correspondent
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