The Strategic Review of Ireland-US Relations
In March 2009, the Taoiseach launched a major review of Ireland-US relations entitled "Ireland and America: Challenges and Opportunities in a New Context". Speaking in New York, the Taoiseach said:
"When I came to New York last year, I spoke about how America was changing and how our relationship was changing.
I asked the Ambassador in the United States to prepare a report for me on how we could re-energise and renew that relationship.
The Government approved this report last week and I am launching it during my visit to America for the St Patrick's Day celebrations.
It is the first significant review of diplomatic relations with the United States since the 1930s. It includes the opening of a new Consulate General in Atlanta serving Georgia and other states in the region. The Honorary Consular network will also be expanded to reach out more widely to business and to Irish communities.
We are undertaking a large number of new initiatives across the full breadth of our relationship. This will re-energise and ultimately transform how Ireland does her business in America.
It is a vital part of our country's future prosperity. "