Atlanta’s Irish consulate general has added Arkansas and Louisiana to its jurisdiction and is now responsible for promoting the country’s businesses and culture to nine states in the Southeast.

The states were formerly attached to the Chicago consulate.

Paul Gleeson, consul general of Ireland in Atlanta, told GlobalAtlanta negotiations for the two states have been ongoing for several months between his office, the Chicago consulate and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.

Mr. Gleeson will make his first-ever visit to New Orleans in November with Ireland’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Collins.

They will open the first southeastern branch of the Irish Network USA, an association of Irish and Irish-American professionals launched by former Prime Minister Brian Cowen in 2010.

Mr. Gleeson plans to visit Arkansas either later this year or early in 2012.

The consulate is already responsible for Irish promotions in AlabamaFloridaGeorgiaMississippiNorth CarolinaSouth Carolina and Tennessee.

The Irish consulate can be reached through its website at www.consulateofirelandatlanta.com or via e-mail at atlantacg.dfa.ie.  For more on the Irish Network visit www.irishnetwork-usa.com.

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