Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
38. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount spent on purchasing new properties for additional embassies and consulates over the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11430/20]
My Department delivers Ireland’s foreign policy objectives through our Mission network consisting of Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Representations worldwide. As part of the Government's strategy, "Global Ireland - Ireland's Global Footprint to 2025", over the last two years my Department has opened new Embassies in Chile, Colombia, Jordan, New Zealand, Liberia, and new Consulates in Vancouver, Cardiff, Frankfurt, Los Angles and Mumbai. The Department is currently leasing properties in these locations and has not purchased any property in the last two years.
If an opportunity arises to purchase a property in one of these locations, the Department will examine this option.