Visit of Chinese Premier an important opportunity for Ireland – Breen

May 21st, 2015 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael TD for Claire and Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen, has said the visit of the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang is an important opportunity for Ireland. Deputy Breen and the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, welcomed the Prime Minister at Shannon Airport on Sunday afternoon.
Mr Li Keqiagn arrived in Ireland for a trade mission at a time of exciting potential for pursing trade opportunities between the two countries.
 
“I was delighted to meet Premier Li Kegiang at Shannon Airport and to welcome him to Ireland. It is significant that the Premier chose to visit Ireland on his way to South America.
 
“We have developed our relationships with China considerably since this Government came to office, with many high level visits to each country including the visit of President Xi Jinping, when he was vice-president in 2012. On that occasion I also had the privilege of welcoming the President to Co. Clare.
 
“I have seen first-hand the potential for expanding the relationship been the two countries during two visits to China in the past few years.
 
“Earlier this year China lifted its ban on Irish beef paving the way for Irish operators to get a share of that market and we hope to see Irish beef in Chinese supermarkets in the near future. There are further opportunities in the dairy sector and I am confident that a lot more potential will follow as a result of this visit, including in the area of financial services.
 
“This visit follows on from the Taoiseach’s visit to China in 2012 when the Strategic Partnership Agreement was struck. President Higgins made an eight-day State visit to China last December, during which he invited the Premier to visit Ireland.”