Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (139)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

139. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will allocate a first secretary post to the Irish embassies in Pretoria, South Africa, and the Hague, The Netherlands; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16246/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

With the launch last year of ‘Global Ireland: Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025’, the Government is committed to doubling the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint in the period ahead, while also continuously reviewing the scale of Ireland’s overseas network. In considering the expansion of our diplomatic representation overseas, a range of factors is taken into account including our national political, economic and trade priorities, as well as the availability of resources. The deepening of resources in missions across our network, including the two referred to by the Deputy, is under active review.