Friday, February 27, 2009

Cowen to hang with Obama

It is confirmed. Taoiseach Brian Cowen will travel to Washington to meet with President Obama at the White house on St Patricks day. This is a tradition that began during the Clinton years and continued through the Bush era. However many have been wondering in recent weeks if Obama would renew this little get together amidst speculation Obama values little the relationship between the US and Ireland. This doubt was fuelled by the late date at which the White House invitation was received and by the general fear that Obama wants to re-evaluation the future of US companies based in Ireland as he begins a new phase of protectionist economics, an issue which might tempt the President to skip the Paddys day festivities. Not to be though and Brian Cowen will now be the third foreign leader to meet with Obama in Washington after the Japanese and British Prime Ministers.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

everyone giving out about the number of TD and councilors heading abroad for paddys day, and it is a disgrace. But this trip is one trip worth investing in, and a relief that the white house accepted. If Brian plays his cards right he may minimise the carnage on the jobs at home. eoghan

Ted Leddy said...

I agree Eoghan. I actually don't mind any minister going abroad for Paddy's day as long as they genuinely try to source out some business opportunities for Ireland and don't just go on the piss. I don't know if you heard Eamon Delaney (editor of Magil and former diplomat) on Ryan Tubirdy this morning. He was giving out about the foreign service and how many diplomats abroad do nothing except live lavish life styles off the state when they should be actively seeking investment and export opportunities. Lots of them are just wasters.

Anonymous said...

ministers maybe, providing theyre bringing back results. But there are councils all over the country sending nobody's all over the world, 3 from wicklow, 5 from meath, etc, thats a joke and nothing less than a junket. Do you know what they are? they're a bunch of- starts with w, ends with ers. Wasters. Thats right, Wasters. e

Ted Leddy said...

Its pretty pathetic Eoghan.

For a long time I thought that when people gave out about ministers pay and expenses it was being petty because in the big picture it amounts to very little money. Not now though. In Octobers budget the government were planning for 7.5% unemployment. They are calling a new budget for next month because they think it could go as high as 13%. So now I'm thinking cut their pay and deffo cut all the pointless trips, committees and other perks. Because every little bit helps and we have an 18 billion Euro deficit to plug, unprecedented for our wee country.