Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Diplomatic Representation

Photo of Thomas PringleThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent)
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44. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when the three new Irish embassies will be opened in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3502/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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In 2020, Ireland will open three new Embassies in Kyiv, Manila and Rabat. These openings reflect the expansion of Ireland's Diplomatic Network as part of 'Global Ireland – Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025'.

These openings will contribute to the expansion and deepening of Ireland's international presence across priority regions, provide opportunities to grow our trade and inward investment, strengthen our political relationships with our partners, promote our values, and support Irish citizens and our diaspora abroad.

Planning is currently underway to facilitate the opening of the three Embassies in the second half of the year, subject to the approval of the relevant national authorities.


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