After China, County Mayor heads to Boston on business delegation

December 9th, 2015 11:55 AM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Mayor John Paul O'Shea is in Boston this week.

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JUST days after the Mayor of Co Cork led a Cork County Council delegation to China, Cllr John Paul O’Shea has now turned his attentions to Boston. 

The Mallow-based councillor is one of four people on a trade mission for five days to the city where they hope to foster business, culture and tourism links between Cork and Boston.

On November 16th a delegation, comprising Cllr O’Shea, chief executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey, two staff from Cork County Council and a representative from CIT and the Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) travelled to the Jiangsu Province in China. On November 30th, Cllr O’Shea left Cork for a four-night trip to Boston, and is being accompanied on the trip by the chief executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey; chair of the Tourism SPC Cllr Alan Coleman, and the director of Economic Development and Tourism, Louise Duffy.

The primary purpose of the trip is to make initial contact with a number of key organisations and people in Boston in the area of business development and tourism. 

With the assistance of Fionnuala Quinlan, Consul General, and the family of the late Tip O’Neill, former speaker of the House of Representatives, the group has managed to arrange several business meetings.  The delegation will meet Government representatives and officials, Irish American business and community groups and staff of the Boston offices of IDA and Enterprise Ireland.

The delegation will also meet the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh and the Mayor of Cambridge, David Maher.

‘The proposed meetings with the Governors trade officials and the Mayors of Boston and Cambridge will lay the foundation for development of a strong relationship between the two regions, with a particular focus on economic and tourism opportunities. I look forward to see this foster over the coming months,’ said Cllr John Paul O’Shea.

On Tuesday the Irish American Partnership hosted a breakfast meeting in honour of the County Mayor and presented him with scholarship funds for three-second level schools in Mallow, County Cork.

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