DONEGAL County Council will send a delegation to the annual Boston North West Golden Bridges Conference next month after councillors approved the trip during the monthly meeting in Lifford on Monday.
County Manager Seamus Neeley said the principal meetings for the trip had already been established with a number of places, including the University of Massachusetts the West Massachusetts Economic Development Council and a Windmill organisation in Maine, who have made advances in marine energy, on the itinerary, pending council approval.
He said he accompanied two previous mayors on three occasions and had “laid the foundations” for what he described as a “successful relationship” in the US.
Mr. Neeley added that he hoped to create “educational links” after arranging a meeting with Boston College ahead of the first exchange of the students with LYIT in 2014.
Mayor Ian McGarvey revealed that he had been invited to attend the conference and would be “look forward and be delighted to go” to Massachusetts if the Councillors approved the trip. He said that during the Tip O’Neill Diaspora Awards in Buncrana, the Governor of Montana believed there were 50 million people in America with Irish decent.
“I think the Irish abroad should be kept to the fore at all times, I believe they are very important to us,” Cllr. McGarvey added.
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