Embassies: good value for money
Sir -- Ireland's official residences abroad use up a significant portion of the country's precious tax revenues (Sunday Independent, 25 July, 2010). One of the cases cited is the €4.4m reported to have been spent on the residence of Ireland's ambassador in my home city of Ottawa, Canada.
From personal experience, I can attest to the fact that Ireland's ambassador, Declan Kelly, and his small team of two diplomats, Karl Gardner and Paula Molloy, have played leading roles in the formation of Ireland-Canada Chambers of Commerce.
As an Irish-born civil engineer who emigrated to Canada 53 years ago, I too have been the beneficiary of the services in support of commerce and culture that Ireland's ambassador provides, and which pay off in tangible ways for Ireland.