Irish Industrial Development Authority rejects comments from Donald Trump

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  • The Irish Industrial Development Authority has attempted to play down comments from President Donald Trump, which criticised Ireland’s supposed role in taking jobs out of the US.

    Donald Trump’s reference to Ireland formed an attack on the chief executives of American multinational corporations, and comes after mass resignations of a presidential advisory panel over his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last week. The violence saw the killing of a young woman following demonstrations by far-right groups – some waving swastika flags.

    In a statement responding to the exodus of company bosses from the White House trade panel, Donald Trump claimed that the chief executives were leaving “out of embarrassment” as they were manufacturing their products in companies such as Ireland – costing the US jobs. Members of the trade panel included industry leaders from Intel, Merck and Under Armour.

    The President has come under fire from critics after he said that “both sides were to blame” for the violence. In a statement perceived to be in defence of the so-called ‘alt-right’, Trump attacked left-wing groups for their “equal share of the blame” after violence turned deadly in Charlottesville.

    It is believed that this is the first time corporate leaders have turned on the US President, after demonstrating a previous will to work with the Trump administration on taxes, trade and reducing regulations.

    In a statement responding to the President’s comments, the IDA rejected claims that they would damage Ireland’s international reputation, saying that US companies locate in Ireland for ease-of-access to European and Global markets.

    “They’ve been attracted and operating for 60 years, developing long and enduring commercial ties and there’s no reason to believe they’ll stop now,” said Mary Buckley, Executive Director of IDA Ireland.

    “The commercial reality is that in order to operate successfully in a market, you must locate there. Ireland is the perfect place for US companies to locate an office that can sell into one of the biggest markets in the world,” she continued.

    The comments from Trump come in a long line of criticisms from the president, aimed at companies such as Apple who have, for tax purposes, set up significant operations in countries such as Ireland.

    Speaking on Tuesday at a press conference in New York, Mr Trump said: “I want manufacturing to be back into the United States so that American workers can benefit.”

     

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