Foreign Affairs Committee to meet Ireland’s Ambassador in London

July 1st, 2014 - Pat Breen

Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain appears before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade tomorrow afternoon for a discussion on relations between the two countries.

Having joined the diplomatic service in 1978, Mr Mulhall was Ireland’s representative in Edinburgh, Kuala Lumpur and Berlin before assuming the role of Ambassador in London in September 2013.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen TD says: “The reciprocal State visits by the Queen to Ireland in 2011 and President Higgins to Britain earlier this year have elevated British Irish relations to a new plane. Ties between Britain and Ireland have never been stronger. Our Ambassador in London Dan Mulhall is uniquely placed to offer his insights into how the goodwill between Dublin and London can be harnessed further.

“Our economies are inextricably linked, with €1 billion worth of goods exchanged between both

countries every week. Of particular interest to the Committee will be how these extraordinary levels of trade can be safeguarded and developed. There are forecasts which indicate that Ireland may well overtake France as the UK’s third largest trading partner within 15 years. We look forward to engaging with Ambassador Mulhall in assessing this current phase in Anglo-Irish relations and where the opportunities and challenges might lie into the future.

“Members of the Committee will also be keen to engage with the Ambassador on the large Irish diaspora resident in Britain and the work of our Embassy in London to support its diverse membership.”

The meeting takes place tomorrow Wednesday 2 July in Committee Room 1, LH 2000 at 2:30 pm. The meeting can be viewed online here: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/live-flashplayer/committeeroom1/