Dennis Lockhart

Michael Collins, Ireland‘s ambassador to the U.S., will visit Atlanta Feb. 17 to discuss how his country is handling its debt crisis and the role of U.S. investment in Ireland’s recovery.

The luncheon event will also feature Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and chairman of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.

Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council and the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta, the event is part of a two-day celebration of the consulate’s official opening.

Mr. Collins is a frequent visitor to Atlanta. His made his first trip last February, after the consulate had been announced but before it had been established.

He came again when Prime Minister Brian Cowen spoke at the Ritz-Carlton downtown last July and confirmed that Paul Gleeson would be Ireland’s new consul general in Atlanta.

In October, Mr. Collins also took part in the State Department‘s Experience America tour, which brought ambassadors from more than 30 countries to get a taste of Atlanta.

The luncheon will be held on Feb. 17 at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., with the event beginning at noon. The cost is $55. To register, visit


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