Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (127)

Niall Collins

Question:

127. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of staff in each embassy and consulate in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30662/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland’s diplomatic network of Missions around the world is critical to the achievement of our foreign policy and trade goals such as ensuring the efficient delivery of passport and consular services to our citizens, supporting emigrant organisations and outreach to the diaspora and other networks of influence.

Our Embassies and Consulates contribute directly to safeguarding our interests in negotiations on the UK exit from the European Union and they are helping to ensure that Ireland plays a full part in shaping the future development of the European Union.

The work of my Department in promoting a more just, fair, secure and sustainable world continues through mission engagement with multilateral institutions and agencies, including those of the United Nations, and via implementation of the Irish Aid programme in partner countries.

Our staff in Embassies and Consulates also make a strong contribution to job creation, exports, tourism and education in Ireland by assisting Irish businesses overseas in close cooperation with State Agencies.

Our capacity to deliver on these key goals will increase with the expansion of my Department’s Mission network abroad under the Global Ireland Initiative. This includes the opening of Embassies in Wellington, Amman, Santiago, Monrovia and Bogotá, and the opening of Consulates General in Vancouver, Mumbai and Cardiff, Los Angeles, and Frankfurt. New Missions will open in Rabat, Kyiv and Manila by the end of 2020.

Our Missions are staffed by Departmental officers posted from headquarters; by staff seconded from other Government Departments in certain missions including the Permanent Representation in Brussels and visa officers seconded to missions from the Department of Justice, and by locally recruited staff.

Mission

Number of Staff 2016

Number of Staff 2017

Number of Staff 2018

Number of Staff

April 2019

Abu Dhabi

12.5

13

15

13+2 Vacancies

Abuja

11

14

13

14

Addis Ababa

8

9

11

11

Amman

0

0

0

2

Ankara

11

12

12

10 

Athens

6.3

8

7

7

Atlanta CG

3

3

4

4

Austin CG

3

4

4

4

Bangkok

8

9

10

8+2 Vacancies

Beijing

23

25

25

25

Berlin

13.6

20.6

21.6

18.6+3 Vacancies

Berne

5

5

5

5

Bogota

0

0

0

6

Boston CG

5

7

7

7

Brasilia

5

6

5

5

Bratislava

4

3

3

4

Brussels incl Brussels PFP

12

12

14

12+2 Vacancies 

Brussels PR

91

99

97

98

Bucharest

6

7

7

7

Budapest

6

6

6

5+1 Vacancy

Buenos Aires

6

5+1 Vacancy

5

5

Cairo

9

9

12

11+1 Vacancy

Canberra

10.6

11

11

11

Cardiff CG

0

0

0

2

Chicago CG

6.4

5.4

6.4

6.4

Copenhagen

5.9

6.9

6.5

6.5

Dar-es-Salaam

8

8

9

9

Edinburgh CG

4

3+1 Vacancy

5

5

Edinburgh BIC

1

1

1

1

Freetown

4

4

5

5

Geneva PMUN

15.5

16

16

17

Hanoi

9

10

11

11

Helsinki

5

5

6

6

Holy See

2.75

2.75

3.75

2.75

Hong Kong CG

5

5

5

5

Jakarta

8

7

7

7

Kampala

7

8

9

10

Kuala Lumpur

5

6

6

5+1 Vacancy

Lilongwe

7

7

9

9

Lisbon

6

6

6

6

Ljubljana

5

5

5

5

London

56.5

66.6

65.6

68.6

Lusaka

7

7

7

7

Luxembourg

4.5

3.5

3.5

3.5

Madrid

13.5

14

15

14+1 Vacancy

Maputo

7

11

13

13

Mexico

9

9

8

8

Monrovia

0

0

3

3

Moscow

17

18

18

18

Mumbai CG

0

0

0

2

Nairobi

3

9

8

7+1 Vacancy

New Delhi

14

14

15.6

16.6

New York CG

17.5

16.5

17

16+1 Vacancy

New York PMUN

17

17

28

23

Nicosia

4

4

4

4

Oslo

5

5

4

5

Ottawa

10

10

10

11

Paris

18

21.2

20.2

23.2

Paris OECD

4

6

7

7

Prague

7.5

7

7

7

Pretoria

10

13

13

13

Ramallah

6

6

6

6

Riga

3

3

3

3

Riyadh

9

10

9

9

Rome

13.3

13.42

14.72

14.72

San Francisco CG

6

6

9

9

Santiago

0

0

0

3

Sao Paulo CG

4

4

4

5

Seoul

6

6

6

6

Shanghai CG

8

7

8

8

Singapore

6.5

6.3

6.3

6.3

Sofia

6

6

6

6

Strasbourg CoE

5

6

7

7

Stockholm

5.62

5.62

5.62

5.62

Sydney CG

5

6

7

6+1 Vacancy

Tallinn

3

5

3

3

Tel Aviv

5

5

6

5+1 Vacancy

The Hague

9

10.8

10.6

10.6

Tokyo

10

10

11

11

Valletta

4

4

5

5

Vancouver CG

0

0

3

5

Vienna

9

9

9

8+1 Vacancy

Vienna OSCE

4

4

6

6

Vilnius

4

4

5

5

Warsaw

8

8

10

10.5

Washington DC

20

18

18

18

Wellington

0

0

3

5

Zagreb

3

3

3

3

TOTAL

750.47

811.59

862.39

870.89