Thursday 23 May 2019

Plan to increase Irish influence globally

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank McGrath

Shona Murray

Ireland's global presence is set to expand as the Trump-era changes the world order.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney are announcing plans today to step up Ireland's influence through diplomacy, culture, business, overseas aid, tourism and trade.

The Government is appointing cultural officers to New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Beijing and Los Angeles, with further appointments coming in other regions, including in Tokyo. Diminishing old geopolitical alliances and the shaky US hegemony partially prompted the move - as well as the impact of Brexit.

"Geopolitical and economic power is shifting south and east," said the Taoiseach.

"The global trading environment is experiencing a period of turbulence and volatility. And closer to home, our nearest neighbour and largest trading partner is preparing to leave the EU."

Irish Independent

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