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Local employees are crucial to Embassies

It was with great interest that I read Clive Farrell's expression of astonishment at Irish Embassies around the world employing the services of local staff (Letters, May 18).

It is perfectly normal practice (and makes administrative sense) to have local staff working alongside Irish workers and diplomats.

In these cynical times, and alongside Ireland's notorious track record of learning foreign languages, I suppose it is quite endearing that a citizen of this nation would have such faith in the Irish educational and civil service systems to produce enough qualified multilingual staff to operate embassies and consulates not only in Europe but in continents such as Asia and Africa.

ANDREW JACKSON

RATHMINES, DUBLIN