Friday 9 December 2016

Give Irish a chance of landing embassy jobs

Published 18/05/2011 | 05:00

I am one of many thousands of Irish citizens living abroad and during these turbulent years my "Irishness" seems to be blossoming.

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Yesterday I contacted my local Irish embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, as I require an application form to renew my Irish passport. I was very surprised indeed to be speaking to a Swedish woman on the other end of the line. I have experience in dealing with embassies throughout the world and personally I was always of the opinion that they were staffed by personnel from their respective countries.

To my astonishment, only today have I noticed a job advertisement here in Sweden looking for an administrative officer at the Irish embassy in Sweden. The contact email given in the advertisement is that of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.

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