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Gov. Phil Murphy shortly after a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Murphy meets with U.S. ambassador to begin second day of Irish trip

Governor’s visit will primarily focus on economic development

By Joey Fox, April 25 2022 4:58 am

DUBLIN – Gov. Phil Murphy, now on the second day of his trip to Ireland, today held a private meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin and attended a briefing on the current Irish political and commercial landscape.

Murphy himself is a former diplomat, serving in the Obama administration as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. He said that his meeting with Cronin, who previously served as state house majority leader in Murphy’s home state of Massachusetts, was productive given turbulent international events.

“Obviously, these are extraordinary times,” Murphy said. “Ireland continues to be an extraordinary ally of ours and always has been, and it’s never been more important given the war in Europe.”

Following the meeting with Cronin, Murphy and his accompanying delegation from the economic development organization Choose NJ heard from several embassy officials about Ireland’s work on its biggest priorities in recent years: Covid, Brexit, and the Irish economy.

The Irish-American governor began his trip yesterday with cultural stops at the Dublin College Library and the Guinness Storehouse, two of Dublin’s top attractions. Later today, Murphy will host a number of roundtables and announcements focusing on the crux of his Irish visit, economic development and Irish investment in New Jersey. 

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