Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation on an official visit to Ireland. Today, the delegation met with Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) Sean Barrett and Members of the Irish Parliament on the progress of Ireland's economic policies and growth measures, the upcoming referendum on the crucial European Union's financial treaty, and ongoing security cooperation between the United States and Ireland.
The Members of Congress met with the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, represented by executives from leading American corporations.
"There is not only a strong economic relationship between Ireland and the United States, but close family ties, common language, proximity and shared values," Leader Pelosi said. "You represent our nation in Ireland; your economic success here strengthens our economy at home."
The delegation also met with Patrick Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources at Eigrid, the Irish power grid operator, to discuss progress on renewable energy.
"Ireland is a world leader in renewable energy and a shining example of how private-public investments to develop green technology can help power a brighter future, grow the economy and create jobs," said Leader Pelosi. "It is remarkable that Eirgrid is on track to achieve 40 percent integration of renewable sources into its power grid which is so critical to helping Ireland do its part to ensure that EU reaches its goal of 20 percent renewable sources by 2020."
In addition to Democratic Leader Pelosi, the Members of the delegation are:
* Congressman George Miller (D-CA)
* Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA)
* Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV)
* Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA)
* Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
* Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA)
* Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)