Irish consulate in Austin to strengthen ties, promote business

Oct 21, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Ireland has opened a consulate in Austin to strengthen business and related ties between that country and the Southwestern United States

The consulate officials are working out of a temporary space but will move into an office later this year in the downtown Bank of America building that would include a consulate combined 

with officials from Enterprise Ireland and IDA (Industrial Development Authority) Ireland. The office opening marks the first European country to establish a consulate in Austin

Ireland has set up consulates in five other U.S. cities as part of an economic initiative to aid its recovery in the aftermath of the global recession that started in 2008. The Austin 

consulate is actually a five-state regional office designed to serve the Southwest, said Adrian Farrell, the consulate General of Ireland, Austin

"I suppose it's a sign that Ireland is making an investment in its future," he said. "All of the consulate openings are intended to be small and nimble to identify up-coming opportunities. 

There are a lot of possibilities here"

Enterprise Ireland, the government agency sponsoring Irish businesses, opened an Austin office in late 2013. It initially worked with DecaWave Ltd., a Dublin-based, fabless semiconductor 

company that planned to expand in Austin this year

Farrell, a veteran Irish diplomat who has previously worked in Germany and Turkey, said the Austin consulate is designed to support Irish citizens living in the area as well as strengthen 

the connections with Texas lawmakers. It is also expected to promote tourism for Ireland and promote educational links between the two countries

Round Rock-based Dell Inc. once operated a manufacturing facility in Limerick, Ireland, that has since closed. It now operates a 300-person financial services branch in Dublin that serves 

as the European headquarters of financial arm of Dell

The winner of this year's South By Southwest Interactive business plan event was an Irish software company. Trustev Ltd., an anti-fraud technology developer, won top honors in the March 

SXSW Accelerator contest that received more than 500 applications — with just 48 selected to present their business plans to judges

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