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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 14, 2001

President Bush to Nominate Egan to be Ambassador to Ireland

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate Richard J. Egan to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ireland.

"The United States and Ireland enjoy natural bonds of friendship and strong trade and investment relationships.  I am pleased to announce my intention to nominate Dick Egan as Ambassador to Ireland as I prepare to meet with Prime Minister Ahern and celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the rich heritage of the Irish people.   Dick Egan has experienced extraordinary success in the private sector and has a broad-based background.  He is an ideal person to serve as Ambassador to Ireland as we look forward to working even more closely with our Irish friends," said President Bush.

Mr. Egan is the founder and current director of EMC Corporation in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and established the Hopkinton Technology for Education Foundation.    He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a graduate of Northeastern University.