Australian Ambassador set to visit Westport

Posted in Connect on July 16, 2019.

THE Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Richard Andrews and his wife, Saovanee, is scheduled to visit a number of businesses in Westport as well as meet Australian-born residents of the town on Thursday next, July 18. Among them is internationally successful milliner, Lina Stein, who has lived in Ireland for 28 years and has a hat-making studio in Rosmoney, which the ambassador and his wife will visit. He is also scheduled to visit historic Westport House and meet members of the Hughes family.

Their Westport-based speciality clothing company, Portwest completed the acquisition of its second Australian company last year. The purchase of workwear brand Huski for €10 million
added to a previous acquisition of Prime Mover in 2017. According to an Irish Times report at the time, this was expected to more than double the Westport company’s turnover in Australia and
New Zealand to €25 million by 2019, which would represent about 10 percent of its overall business. Appointed in 2016, Ambassador Andrews is a senior career officer in the Australian
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has previously served in roles in Tokyo, London and Kuala Lumpar.

The Australian Embassy’s main priorities are to advance it bilateral relationship with Ireland and to promote its economic interests here. The Australian Government first established diplomatic representation in Dublin in 1946 and a full embassy was in 1964.

by Áine Ryan, Mayo News, 16th July 2019

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