On Friday, President Clinton travels to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. The President will hold a meeting and lunch reception with Prime Minister Berte Ahern at the Royal College of Surgeons, which was founded by royal charter from King George III to educate surgeons who at the time were trained separately from physicians. British Army surgeons were trained at the Royal College from the Napoleonic Wars onwards. In recent times, the college has developed into a major international medical school. Its undergraduate students are drawn from 43 different countries throughout the world, including the United States. The building itself is in the classical Georgian style. It is situated on one of Dublin's most famous squares, St. Stephen's Green, and is the largest city center venue.
Following the lunch reception, the President will tour and make remarks at the Gateway 2000 facility in Dublin. Gateway, a Fortune 500 company founded in 1985, is a leading global direct marketer of PC products. The Gateway facility in Dublin employs roughly 1,300 people and manufactures personal computers for the European market.