Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (110)

Michael Moynihan


110. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to Hollywood; and the meetings he held. [39951/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I visited Los Angeles from 25-27 September to formally open the new Consulate General of Ireland and to attend a number of engagements focussed on developing economic ties with the West Coast of the US, especially in the tourism, creative and tech sectors.

I attended a Tourism Ireland roundtable discussion focused on attracting US tourists to the Irish market and also a dinner event hosted by Screen Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to promote Ireland as a location for the creative screen industries.

I formally opened the new Consulate of Ireland in Los Angeles, in the presence of Mayor Garcetti. I also had a meeting with California’s Lieutenant Governor, Eleni Kounalakis. My programme finished with a community reception at the Loyola Marymount University, celebrating the Irish community on the West Coast of the United States where I met representatives from the diverse community of Irish and Irish-Americans in California.

I met with senior executives from leading US companies in the creative and tech industries, including Disney, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Hulu Netflix, Skydance Media, SpaceX and Warner Bros. I also met representatives of a number of Irish-based companies who travelled to the US for the trade mission, including Ardmore Studios, Element Pictures, Troy Studios and Wild Atlantic Pictures.