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Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
Michael D. Higgins, president of Ireland, is in New York for his first official visit to the U.S. He discusses Ireland's economy and his views on what could remake the country financially.
Just a curious note of possible interest note. Both Ireland and Israel have roughly the same sized populations and the same sized economies (over $200 billion annually). Both have attracted US high technology companies. And both have relatively large diasporas living overseas. And both had to fight for independence and both have had a history of terror and counterterror.
Last year saw Gabriel Byrne as the Irish cultural ambassador and a great emphasis on Irish arts as one way to save Ireland and bring her back to good health.
Can President Higgins talk about the plans for 2012 on that front?
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