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Austrian Embassy Officials visit Galway

1 April 2015

On 31 March the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Thomas Nader accompanied by the Head of Advantage Austria Wilhelm Nest undertook a two-day business trip to Galway.

After a welcoming reception by Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Lyons in Galway City Hall, Dr Nader and Mr Nest visited the Galway Chamber of Commerce where they met President Frank Greene, Mr. Conor O’Dowd (Deputy President of KPMG) and Ms Maeve Joyce, the PR Executive of the Galway Chamber and attended the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and the election of council members. 

On day two, Dr Nader and Mr Nest were given a tour of the Galway Harbour Company by Harbour Master Mr Brian Sheridan. A keen interest in Ireland’s current economic development and in particular the development of the western region led to a meeting with Prof. Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics of the National University of Ireland (NUIG). 

The business trip was completed by an informative tour around the premises of Medtronic plc with senior Operations and Customer Innovation Centre managers. Many medical devices from the Galway medtech cluster are used in Austrian hospitals.

Photo (l. to r.): Wilhelm Nest, Maeve Joyce (CEO Galway Chamber), Conor O’Dowd (Deputy President Galway Chamber), Amb. Thomas Nader, JP Gilmartin, Maurice O’Gorman.

Wilhelm Nest meeting Prof. Alan Ahearne at National University of Ireland Galway.

Wilhelm Nest meeting Prof. Alan Ahearne at National University of Ireland Galway.