Friday 28 July 2017

Shuffle diplomacy: Ireland sends experienced EU ambassadors to US just as Brexit looms

'Why is Ireland wasting valuable diplomatic resources, energy and expertise in seeking a seat at the UN Security Council when Brexit looms?' Stock photo: PA
'Why is Ireland wasting valuable diplomatic resources, energy and expertise in seeking a seat at the UN Security Council when Brexit looms?' Stock photo: PA
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

We keep being told that all resources are being marshalled to deal with Brexit, described as the greatest political and economic change to face Ireland since its independence. With the distractions of our ministers in their 'new politics' arrangement, we are told that behind the scenes our officials, diplomats and overseas agencies are busy working to get the best deal for Ireland and 'special case' consideration in relation to the North.

If this is the case, why is Ireland wasting valuable diplomatic resources, energy and expertise in seeking a seat at the UN Security Council when Brexit looms? And why are we sending our most EU experienced diplomats to the US just when they are most needed in Europe?

In the now obligatory re-shuffle of ambassadors, the Government has decided to move two key officials with valuable and recent knowledge out of crucial EU posts and send them to the United States, apparently to help Ireland secure the trophy election of a two-year term on the UN Security Council.

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