Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (70)

Bobby Aylward

Question:

70. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to deploy additional staff to the embassy in New Zealand; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38390/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

As part of the Global Ireland strategy of investment in the broadening and deepening of the diplomatic and consular network of the state a new Embassy was opened in Wellington, New Zealand, in November last year.

The allocation of resources throughout the international mission network supports the effective and cost-efficient delivery of the goals of my Department. These include the provision of consular services to citizens, the advancement of Ireland's economic and business interests, the promotion of our values and cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

The staffing complement in missions abroad, including in Wellington, are aligned closely with business goals and subject to regular review.