Kehoe tells US that we share business ideals
wexford deputy Paul Kehoe says that Ireland and Savannah in the USA share an appreciation of the environment needed for businesses to grow and prosper.
Writing in the Savannah Morning News to mark his St. Patrick's Day visit, he said that for Savannah companies 'looking to explore new markets, there are few, if any, better overseas options'.
'In Ireland, we have had low business taxes since the late 1950s.
'Today, our rock-solid corporation tax rate of 12.5 percent enjoys overwhelming political and popular support. Ireland ranks first in the world for availability of skilled labour and offers an English-speaking gateway to a European Union market of over 500 million consumers.'
'Ireland had the fastest growing economy in the European Union in 2014 and we are set to retain that lead position this year.
'We are also a very export-oriented economy, which means we know how to trade with cities like Savannah in ways that boost both our markets. The success of our exports - now at record levels - can be seen in the volume of Irish cheese and dairy products on the shelves of American supermarkets today.
And we are looking forward to our grass-fed beef being available to U.S. consumers later in 2015, after Ireland became the first European Union country to gain this access here,' he said.
Commenting on Ireland's and Wexford's historic links with the USA and Savannah in particular, Deputy Kehoe said 'in centuries past, and in the 1800s particularly, huge numbers of people from the towns and villages of my county were forced to flee a homeland beset by poverty and hunger.
'Many travelled thousands of miles to the United States - enduring horrific conditions en route - to hunt out new opportunities. And it was in this port city of Savannah that so many arrived and later made built their lives.'
He said terrific work is being led by Howard Keeley at Georgia Southern University - in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Trust in New Ross, Waterford Institute of Technology and Savannah's Georgia Historical Society - to explore the history of the Wexford-Savannah Axis. 'And just as there is so much shared heritage to explore, so are there are also remarkable possibilities for new links.. Ireland ranks first in the world for availability of skilled labour.. for Savannah companies looking to explore new markets, there are few, if any, better overseas options.'