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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton Returns to Northern Ireland to Discuss Economic Strategies and Peace

(September 29, 2010) -- Today former U.S. President Bill Clinton delivered a speech at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus in Derry, discussing economic strategies for Northern Ireland while promoting US investment there.

Accompanied by US Envoy to Northern Ireland Declan Kelley, Clinton met with Northern Ireland leaders First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, as well as former SDLP leader John Hume.

Addressing several hundred political leaders, business leaders and students at the University’s Great Hall, President Clinton encouraged the people of Northern Ireland to weather the economic difficulties of the time while remaining appreciative of the peace that has come to Northern Ireland.

"It was a really nice ride for a long time then, just like everybody's life, there are bumps in the road. This is also part of living a peaceful life, facing the tough times, facing the crisis and facing it together, " President Clinton said. "This is what the peace is about - about giving the people the chance to live responsible normal lives."

Mr. Clinton’s visit comes in advance of a US - Northern Ireland economic conference in Washington DC on October 19 that will be hosted by President Clinton’s wife, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The economic summit, which takes place at the State Department, is part of a set of commitments made by President Barack Obama about Northern Ireland when he was campaigning for the president's office in 2008.

Friday, September 17, 2010

United States - Northern Ireland Economic Conference Set for October 19 in Washington D.C.

The U.S. State Department is hosting a one-day economic conference to showcase American investment opportunities in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at the U.S. State Department.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will preside over the conference of 70-80 participants.

The conference was announced on March 17, 2010 following a meeting with President Barack Obama, Secretary Clinton and leaders from Northern Ireland, according to Declan Kelly, US Envoy to Northern Ireland.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are expected to represent Northern Ireland at the conference. Executives from American corporations already doing business in Northern Ireland will share their experiences with corporate executives who are considering investment there.

Key partners involved in the conference include Tourism Ireland, the U.S. Consulate in Belfast and the Ireland Funds. For a full list of partners, click here.

The conference is part of an ongoing commitment made by President Obama and his Administration to support a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.