Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (122)

Clare Daly


122. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to open a new Consulate General office in Darwin, Australia. [26714/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland’s interests in Australia are currently represented by our Embassy in Canberra and our Consulate General in Sydney. These Missions are at the forefront of efforts to promote our political and economic interests, our values, and in providing important services to the Irish community in Australia. Ireland is also represented in Perth by an Honorary Consul. Honorary Consuls are an important element of the State’s global engagement and provide consular services and assistance, as well as a range of other supports to citizens.

With the launch last year of ‘Global Ireland 2025’, we are committed to significantly expanding our diplomatic, commercial and cultural networks, while also continuously reviewing the scale of Ireland’s overseas network. In considering the expansion of our diplomatic representations overseas, a range of factors are taken into account, including our national political, economic, and trade priorities, as well as availability of resources.

There are currently no plans to open a Consulate General in Darwin.