Monday, February 8, 2016

Corbett seeks "green" jobs, talks trade with Ireland's PM

Like Gov. Corbett likes to say: "It's all about the jobs."

Corbett seeks "green" jobs, talks trade with Ireland's PM


Like Gov. Corbett likes to say: "It's all about the jobs." 

Lately it was green jobs.

No, we're not talking solar or wind companies. Corbett is looking for partnerships with Ireland.

Philly Deals columnist Joe DiStefano who ran into the gov this morning at Philadelphia's Union League Club where Corbett met with Ireland's prime minister Taoiseach Enda Kenny to discuss economic development and ways to foster Pennsylvania-Ireland business relations.

The two leaders laid the groundwork for an Irish trade mission to Pennsylvania in the summer of 2013, Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley told Philly Deals.

And they talked natural gas.

Kenny and Corbett discussed the fact both Ireland and Pennsylvania have shale gas resources.

Kenny said the Republic of Ireland is "keen to emulate Pennsylvania’s success in developing these resources," said Harley. 

And they shared their common Irish roots.

The families of both Kenny and Corbett came from County Galway.

The Prime Minister invited the governor to visit Ireland in 2013 during The Gathering, a celebration of Irish culture and heritage that welcomes expatriate Irish and their descendants, Harley said.

Corbett also attended Thursday night’s meeting of the Brehon Law Society at the Union League, where he met with His Excellency Michael Collins, the Irish Ambassador to the United States, along with Noel Kilkenny, the Consul General.

Read more in Philly Deals in this Sunday's Inquirer.



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