O’Malley leaves Saturday on weeklong trip to France and Ireland


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is heading to France and Ireland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is scheduled to depart Saturday on what his office is billing as a weeklong “trade and investment mission” that includes stops in France and Ireland.

O’Malley plans to attend the International Paris Air Show in France, where Maryland will have a booth to advertise companies from the state.

The governor's Paris itinerary also includes meetings with aerospace companies Lockheed Martin, BAE and Thales, and a reception with the U.S. ambassador to France, his office said.

“The Paris Air Show is truly a unique opportunity to help our Maryland companies explore new opportunities for investment and trade, and to encourage leaders from many of the world’s largest aerospace companies to choose Maryland as the ideal place to establish operations,” O’Malley said in a statement.

O’Malley has meetings in Ireland starting Wednesday, according to an itinerary released by his office. Those include time with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

His office said O’Malley will also discuss his StateStat program with members of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. StateStat uses statistics to track the performance of government agencies. It is modeled upon a program O'Malley pioneered as mayor of Baltimore.

O’Malley will be accompanied on both legs of the trip by first lady Catherine Curran O’Malley, according to a delegation list released by his office.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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