The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, has announced that Ireland will open 7 new Missions (Embassies or Consulates) as part of the next phase of expanding Ireland’s global footprint. The new Missions will be in Europe (Cardiff, Frankfurt, Kiev), Asia (Manila), North Africa (Rabat), Africa (Monrovia) and North America (Los Angeles).
Speaking at today’s launch of “Global Ireland”, the Government’s initiative on expanding and deepening our presence overseas, the Tánaiste said:
“As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the value of our networks abroad to the prosperity and wellbeing of our citizens has always been clear to me.
Our Mission network, made up of 80 Embassies, Consulates, and Representations, is modest by international standards. I believe it is prudent and wise to invest now in that global presence. This plan will extend the consular network that supports and protects Irish citizens and serves Irish communities abroad.
The Global Ireland strategy sets out new commitments to deepen our engagement with EU partners, extend our support to Irish businesses and allow us play a full role in addressing global challenges. Beginning in 2019 we will open new Consulates General in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and Cardiff, and Embassies in Ukraine, Morocco, and the Philippines within a tight timeframe thereafter. Our development cooperation office in Liberia will also be upgraded to a full Embassy.
It is important too that we strengthen in key locations where we already have a presence. That’s why we are augmenting our Embassies in Rome, Madrid, Warsaw and The Hague, as we have already done in Paris and Berlin.
These increased resources abroad will help Ireland play our full role in addressing global challenges, while also meeting our moral obligations as global citizens. That’s why we are seeking a seat on the UN Security Council and it’s why we plan to rapidly scale up our spending on Overseas Development Assistance towards 0.7% of GNI, as also signalled in the strategy launched today.
I am very pleased that Global Ireland sets out clear targets for Government to take forward this vital work. Our diplomatic network has proven its value to the State through the decades – notably during the recent economic downturn and now as we grapple with the challenges of Brexit. Investing in our global presence in the coming years will help safeguard our economic and political wellbeing long into the future.”