NI Secretary in visit to New York
Theresa Villiers has visited New York to meet key figures in Irish America.
The Northern Ireland Secretary met representatives of the American-Ireland Fund, which has raised millions of dollars for organisations supporting peace, reconciliation, education and community development throughout Ireland.
She also met members of the New York Bar Association and leading figures from the Irish American political and business communities.
She gave an overview of her priorities, particularly working with the Northern Ireland Executive and co-operating with the Irish Government on a wide range of issues.
She said: "I welcome the commitment that successive US governments and many Americans have given to Northern Ireland over the years. I am pleased to have this opportunity to highlight the progress that has been made in Northern Ireland and to set out my key priorities to rebalance the economy and to make Northern Ireland a safer place."
Ms Villiers was guest of honour at a lunch hosted by UK consul general Danny Lopez. Those attending included key American business leaders and entrepreneurs. Their discussion focused on the Northern Ireland economy and the role of New York-based businesses, as well as an exploration of future plans and opportunities.