Upcoming Events

National | Anti-Capitalism

no events match your query!

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Elaine Byrne: Lacking moral courage to name names

offsite link Real democracies and referendums Anthony

offsite link Public Services Card: Some still forced to comply Anthony

offsite link Catholic Church: Dark influence still active Anthony

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Russian naval presence in Indian Ocean Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:05 | amarynth
By Nat South for The Saker Blog I am interested in the way that narratives that shape individual events are crafted, curated and disseminated, because ultimately there is a tendency

offsite link Munich conference reveals East-West divide Wed Feb 19, 2020 22:02 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar – posted with permission Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stresses urgent need for international coordination ‘to build a shared future’ Few postmodern political pantomimes have been more

offsite link Assad after Aleppo?s Liberation: Despite Erdogan?s Loud Bark, All of Syria Will Be Liberated Wed Feb 19, 2020 21:40 | The Saker
Statement by Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, on February 17, 2020. Source: https://www.youtube.com/wat... Translation: resistancenews.org Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated that the Liberation of the city of

offsite link COVID-19 ? What people say, and only 5 realities Wed Feb 19, 2020 14:54 | amarynth
by Amarynth, drawing together a braintrust from The Movable Feast Cafe We set up a ?brain trust? in the Cafe in order to write a combined sitrep for The Saker

offsite link Sitrep ? Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua Wed Feb 19, 2020 14:06 | amarynth
Chris Faure for The Saker Blog While the Mena is exploding in tensions, the Empire is hungry and is not leaving these countries in Latin America any breathing room. Although

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Latest Listings Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:07 | Human Rights

offsite link Latest Updates Thu Nov 21, 2019 20:32 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

offsite link Fijian women still face Human Rights violations Mon Aug 26, 2019 18:49 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
"A flaky website that purports to be ?leftist,? The Cedar Lounge Revolution, occasionally makes a relevant point or two."

offsite link History Now (NVTV): a talk Dr Brian Hanley gave at QUB 11:11 Thu Feb 20, 2020 | guestposter

offsite link Pensions? 09:34 Thu Feb 20, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link This was meant to be the day? 08:11 Thu Feb 20, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link I4C Dáil group? and other matters. 07:36 Thu Feb 20, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Outsiders? 10:33 Wed Feb 19, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Ireland's, Embassies Galore

category national | anti-capitalism | opinion/analysis author Sunday June 03, 2018 09:23author by Joe Terry Report this post to the editors

In an advanced technological communications era, what a waste and nonsense to even contemplate opening yet another embassy to add to the seventy-four existing Irish missions across the world?


Israel, a country funded by the USA to the tune of three billion dollars a year, is contemplating closing its Dublin embassy due to budget cuts. Israel’s Dublin embassy is one of twenty-two embassies and consulates earmarked for closure.
Ireland, in contrast, according to an announcement by An Taoiseach Mr Varadkar at a Shannon Chamber of Commerce event at Dromoland Castle
confirmed the Irish Government will increase the number of Irish embassies this year and will soon have a diplomatic presence in Mumbai in India, New Zealand, Bogota, in Columbia, Santiago in Chile and a presence in Vancouver in Canada and Oman in Jordan. It is not inconceivable that these embassies will have on their inventories red roll-out carpets so as to fete the great EU statesman, An Taoiseach, when he arrives in pomp and glory to perform the official openings of those embassies, perhaps in Mumbai, a special eastern handwoven deep-pile rug.
In an advanced technological communications era, what a waste and nonsense to even contemplate opening yet another embassy to add to the seventy-four existing Irish missions across the world?
Meanwhile, in Ireland, the health service is in a mess, the EU imposed banking debt stands, no sign of the housing and health crisis being resolved is evident and so many continue to suffer the effects of austerity, EU imposed with the collaboration of an overpaid easily cajoled establishment cadre.

author by Padraig Cosmaspublication date Wed Jul 11, 2018 18:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Embassies and consulates serve two important functions in addition to diplomacy. They enhance trade opportunities for Irish exporters. They ply soft power in the countries where opened. Soft power in diplomacy follows on from the historic work of Irish missionaries during the twentieth century and, in diminishing numbers, into the current century. Mexico, Chile and other Latin American states also have notable achievements in the Irish diaspora from the early 19th century; Bernardo O'Higgins of Sligo ancestry and other contributors to the development of independent nations being among them. Irish diplomacy is seriously building on historical goodwill to promote Irish exports and encourage tourism. Middle Eastern states have employed doctors, nurses, teachers and engineers in recent decades, and require dairy products, medical equipment, bottled spring water and other things produced in Ireland. Countries of Asia, notably China and India, also require milk products and processed baby foods from a trustworthy green agricultural country. Consulates can be run effectively with small staffing. Sometimes professional Irish people in countries like Malawi have served as honorary consuls. As Ireland braces itself for Brexit it becomes ever more important that wider markets are developed for Irish produce.

 
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy