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Leveling the Playing Field: Strengthening Ireland?s Competitiveness.?..On June 7, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Daniel M. Rooney hosted the annual Embassy conference at Croke Park in Dublin. This year?s theme was ?Leveling the Playing Field: Strengthening Ireland?s Competitiveness.?..The conference addressed strategies to enhance competitiveness, using the importance of diversity and opportunity as key drivers to economic stabilization and recovery. ..Ambassador Rooney noted: ?It is special to be here in Croke Park to celebrate so much of what is wonderful about Ireland and its culture. This conference began as a way to look at how some of the ideas which are behind the Rooney Rule can be incorporated into other areas - lassrooms, cliving rooms, the medical field, lassrooms, businesses, sports leagues. It has made a huge difference in the National Football League ...I know new practices and adopting changecan be difficult, but the rewards are significant. I have always believed that to be truly successful everyone needs an equal chance to compete. This is true in business and it is true in sports.?.. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. and William R. Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the H.J. Heinz Company...The Taoiseach said ?Already, the progress that Ireland has made in repairing our damaged economy is well recognised internationally. Step by step, we are bringing our public finances under control through our fiscal consolidation programme. At the same time, my Government has brought a strong and determined focus to the agenda for growth and jobs.?..While Mr. Johnson noted that "It's a leader in foreign investment per capita for many reasons, most noticeably the availability of skilled labour, the productivity of the Irish workforce, and your success in stimulating business investment over the years, through legislation and attractive corporate tax rates." "Ireland continues to be an attractive place to do business, and many other global
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