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    Government names seven new diplomatic missions

    12 Jun 2018

    The Government will open embassies in Ukraine, Morocco, the Philippines and Liberia in the coming years and consulates in Cardiff, Frankfurt and Los Angeles from next year, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said.

    Speaking at the launch of Global Ireland 2025 plan to double the Government’s representative presence overseas in seven years, Mr Coveney said the new embassies were “high potential location for increased trade for Irish companies but also key parts of the world where Ireland’s voice is not as strong as it needs be”.

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade said the new consulates were in “strategic places” ensuring Ireland stays “close to Britain,” has “deeper connectivity with Germany and the German economy,” and reinforces “the hugely important connections that we maintain with the United States”.

    The plan was unveiled by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Mr Coveney with Cabinet colleagues Minister for Business Heather Humphreys and Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan along with Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee at a launch at the Irish Aviation Authority in Dublin city centre.

    The overseas expansion fulfils a proposal made by Mr Varadkar made during last year’s Fine Gael leadership election and follows last October’s announcement of new embassies in New Zealand, Colombia, Chile and Jordan and new consulates in Vancouver and Mumbai.

    Protectionism

    The move comes against the shift to protectionism and unilateralism by the US under President Donald Trump and rise of economic nationalism that led to Mr Trump’s election and the UK’s vote for Brexit.

    “We are at a moment in world history where we can turn inwards and become irrelevant or we open ourselves to opportunities and possibilities on a global scale that we never had before,” said Mr Varadkar.

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