Kenny set to open Wall St trading

Enda Kenny will ring the New York Stock Exchange bell on Mar 19 to open the day’s trading on Wall St.

Once trading has begun, the Taoiseach will attend an Ireland Day 2012 global summit with 200 executives from leading international firms, innovative start-ups, and financial and life sciences organisations.

Some of those attending will be Joe Petrowski, chief executive of Gulf Oil, Scott Whitney, president of Covanta Energy, Wilbur Ross, chief executive of WL Ross & Co, and Denis O’Brien, head of Communicorp.

“It is a great honour for me to ring the opening bell on Ireland Day at the New York Stock Exchange. This is a unique annual occasion when the eyes of the world are on Ireland and I am pleased to be associated with the launch of Ireland Inc in New York on Ireland Day 2012,” Mr Kenny said.

The forum is an opportunity for Ireland to attract further investment and capitalise on the attention around St Patrick’s Day.

Chief executive of NYSE Euronext, Duncan L Niederauer, said “Ireland Day will provide an excellent platform for international business leaders to share best practices, identify common goals, and grow their businesses.

“Importantly, this summit will highlight the opportunities for companies to expand in the US and Irish markets.”

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