Wednesday 23 August 2017

Ireland's envoys fly in to discuss post-Brexit era

The EU ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan
The EU ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

Ireland's ambassadors and heads of mission meet in Dublin today and tomorrow for their annual departmental conference, having flown in from our embassies around the world.

The two-day event is an opportunity for Ireland's senior diplomats to discuss some of the foreign policy challenges facing Ireland, with Brexit obviously one of the big issues.

The fallout from the June 23 vote is set to be the focus of the first session this morning.

It will focus on how Ireland can best nurture relations between London, Edinburgh and Belfast in the wake of the Brexit vote, and the fact that both Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain, while England opted to leave.

The vote is also likely to be discussed at a session tomorrow focusing on trade, how Ireland can tap new markets and how Ireland's missions abroad can help.

Also tomorrow, the EU ambassador to the United States, Dubliner David O'Sullivan, is to speak at the Institute of International and Economic Affairs.

The theme of his address is transatlantic relations in the context of the Brexit vote, but it would seem unlikely that current frictions between Washington and Brussels over the latter's state aid investigations won't be raised. Tensions heightened this week after the Treasury said that the probes were inconsistent with international norms and undermine the global tax system. A decision on the Apple case could come as early as this week.

Irish Independent

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