Deputy Mayor welcomes US Consul General to Newry

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
The new US Consul General to the North, Greg Burton; visited Newry Museum last Wednesday where he was welcomed by Sinn Féin councillors Charlie Casey, Packie McDonald and Mickey Ruane.

Councillors Charlie Casey, Packie McDonald and Mickey Ruane with US Consul General Greg Burton

Speaking after the meeting Deputy Mayor Packie McDonald said: “It was a pleasure to meet with US Consul General Greg Burton today; I raised with him the need to see further investment from the US in this area, especially in this current economic downturn. “Foreign Direct Investment has ensured many jobs across Ireland and while we want to encourage the growth of local businesses we need to continue to press for investment opportunities from the US.” Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey commented after the event: “During our discussions with the Consul General I raised the issue of travel restrictions in relation to former prisoners visiting the US. Fourteen years after the Good Friday Agreement saw the release of political prisoners it is unacceptable that there are still barriers restricting the ability of former prisoners to travel. “This often adds to the hardship of maintaining family relations, particularly at a time when emigration is increasing. We hope the Consul General takes on-board these points and I look forward to working with him in the future.”
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