Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (102)

Dinny McGinley

Question:

234 Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the Government plans to open more embassies over the coming years; the places where embassies will be opened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25215/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

In 2001, the Government decided to open new embassies in a number of EU candidate countries on a phased basis, subject to the availability of the necessary resources. New embassies have since been established in Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Cyprus and also in Brazil. Presidency offices were opened in Bulgaria and Romania in the run up to and during the Irish Presidency of the European Union to ensure the most effective management of our Presidency in these two countries. The opening of additional missions is under active review at present and I expect this review to be completed in the near future.

Question No. 235 answered with QuestionNo. 166.