Kevin O'Malley | St. Louis Public Radio

Kevin O'Malley

Corinne Ruff | St. Louis Public Radio

Nearly 30 Irish businesses have a presence in Missouri, but local government and business leaders in the state want to see more.

The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Missouri Partnership on Monday released a handbook on investing in Missouri. They want to provide Irish businesses with resources and mentors so more will consider expansion in the region.

Kelly Moffitt, St. Louis Public Radio

If you’ve been to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown, or even stepped foot in John D. McGurk’s in Soulard, you probably understand how a town with such Irish heritage as St. Louis could shape a future U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Kevin O’Malley, the native St. Louisan who is now serving in that role, paid a diplomatic visit to the “St. Louis on the Air” studio on Thursday to talk with host Don Marsh about what he does.

Wikipedia

The Senate unanimously approved St. Louis attorney Kevin O’Malley Thursday to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland.  President Barack Obama nominated O’Malley in June and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced O’Malley to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July. 

Shortly after the Senate confirmed O’Malley’s nomination, McCaskill issued a statement praising his selection.