16 Apr 2019, 15.35

The Joint Committee on European Union Affairs will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) in Committee Room 1 at 3pm to discuss alliance-building in the European Union.

The committee will hear from Ambassador Joe Hackett, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU and Aingeal O’Donoghue, Director General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Committee Chairperson Michael Healy-Rae said: “Ireland has worked actively and successfully to with fellow Member States in order to understand positions and build coalitions around particular issues. This can make both the policies that result and the European Union stronger.  ”

Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union, based in Brussels, plays an important part in this through effective engagement with EU institutions. 

Our network of embassies in capitals across the European Union has been really strong and of course Departments and Ministers would also engage from here. The next few years will be very challenging, and it is particularly important that Ireland is on top of its game.

Deputy Healy-Rae concluded: “This is the second in a series of meetings on this very important topic of alliance-building, and we look forward to the contribution of Ambassador Hackett and Ms O’Donoghue.”

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