"I think there are 500 American companies employing 80,000 to 100,000 people in Ireland. We have 250 Irish companies who employ 100,000 Americans in America."
Ryan said Dell, Twitter, and many other U.S. companies have large operations in Ireland. "Why is that? English helps. Technology helps. The track record helps. And the tax rates help. If you and I opened a company in Ireland tomorrow we would get the same 12.5 percent corporate tax rate Google gets."
Pointing to a Dell laptop computer, Ryan said the company now employs more people in Ireland than it did when it manufactured computers on the Emerald Isle. (Dell moved its manufacturing operation to Poland several years ago).
"The software is made by an Irish company banked in Ireland, the software is packaged on a machine in Ireland; the tech support comes from Ireland; the chip is made by Intel at Kildare; the product is researched in Ireland; and if you go on Facebook and Google, it'll be coming out of Ireland.
"I also think there are a lot of good things coming from here that the Irish should hear of," Ryan said. "We believe there's opportunity. We're interested in building global businesses.
"Last year was the second-biggest ever for U.S. investment in Ireland," he said. "We think there are great opportunities here to build on business links between West Virginia and Ireland, build on the traditions we share. We have a unique relationship in so many respects. We are the 13th-largest overseas investor in the USA. This, at a time when our banks have sold everything they had. We'll be back again!"
The Consulate General of Ireland's office in New York City is online at www.consulateofirelandnewyork.org. More information about Ryan is posted on LinkedIn. Go to www.linkedin.com and type "Irish diplomat Peter Ryan" in the people search box.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.