• Mass. Gov. Patrick continues Ireland trade mission


    BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is continuing his trade mission to Ireland as he tries to strengthen economic ties with Massachusetts.

    On Wednesday, Patrick and Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray met with the Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny.

    The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the ongoing commitment to expanding opportunities for economic development and job creation between Massachusetts and Ireland.

    Patrick also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Ireland Eamon Gilmore on Wednesday and attended a Digital Health and Life Sciences Trade Summit, sponsored by the Massachusetts' Life Sciences Center.

    In 2012, Ireland was the state's 14th largest export partner, with over $509 million in goods and services sent to the country. Massachusetts is also Ireland's sixth largest import partner.

    Patrick is set to return to the state on Friday.

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