Brendan Howlin TD, ‘Greens’ the Great Wall of China’

Issued 16 March 2014

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Brendan Howlin TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, led the Count Down to the Greening of the Great Wall of China for the first time to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Minister Howlin said: “I am truly honoured to be here to count down to the first ’greening’ of the iconic Great Wall of China, or as we Irish call it today, The Green Wall of China”.

The installation of green lights on the famous wall this weekend, has been made possible by the combined efforts of the Irish Embassy and the Tourism Ireland Teams in China, as well as the Beijing Municipality Government. Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative has gone from strength to strength, with more than 100 landmark buildings and iconic sites around the World signed up to take part this year.

Minister Howlin continues on his visit to Promote Ireland in China, with a number of meetings in Beijing over the coming days, discussing sectors such as ICT, Financial Services and Culture, adding to those already held in Shanghai and Hong Kong on Food, Education, Investment and High Level Government engagement.