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February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

As first minister and deputy first minister respectively, the two once implacable foes set about convincing decision makers in New York and Washington that they peace they both helped create is a sound bet for American investment.
The visit is part of a drumbeat leading up to a major economic and investment conference that is to take place in Belfast in May of next year.
Starting out Monday on Wall Street in Manhattan’s financial district, Paisley and McGuinness met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall, took part in the opening bell ceremony at the NASDAQ exchange in Times Square on Tuesday.
Each also held separate meetings with McGuinness attending an Irish Consulate reception and meeting with the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.
The two head for Washington, D.C. today where they will meet with members of congress on Capitol Hill, top bush administration officials and President Bush himself at a ceremony in the White House on Friday.
“The next big battle will be the economy and it’s a battle Ian Paisley and I are going to win,” said McGuinness as he addressed a high-powered business luncheon in New York’s Athletic Club Tuesday in the company of First Minister Paisley.
“Our presence here today together sends a very powerful message about our determination to improve the economic prospects of the people we represent, especially the young people who now have the promise of a future they could never have dreamt of,” McGuinness said
The DUP leader told the gathering that there had been “a tremendous change of attitudes” in the North of Ireland which many had hailed as “a miracle”.
“By helping us and investing in Northern Ireland, you will be helping yourself,” he told the business audience.

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