A message from Ambassador Jim Kelly:
A Chairde, dear friends,
During his visit to Canada in August, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. announced the Government’s initiative to double Ireland’s Global Footprint by 2025. In his remarks, he also expressed his wish to see an expansion of both the diplomatic and state agency footprint in Canada, reflecting the close relations between Ireland and Canada across all areas, and noting the potential for stronger trade and investment links as CETA comes into force and Brexit becomes a reality.
Today, in tandem with the release of Budget details, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., announced that Ireland will open five new resident Diplomatic Missions, including a new Irish Consulate in Vancouver, to serve Western Canada.
This marks the first expansion of Ireland’s residential diplomatic presence in Canada since the opening of the original Mission in Ottawa in 1939.
In making the announcement, Minister Coveney noted that:
“The opening of a Consulate in Vancouver in western Canada reflects the strength of the Ireland-Canada relationship, the growing economic importance of that region and also the fact that there is a large Irish community now living there. This will strengthen our hand when helping Irish business to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, with the Consulate serving as a gateway for Irish business to western Canada”.
I am delighted by today’s news, which I believe will enhance the Ireland-Canada relationship, as well as our capacity to serve the Irish community and pursue Ireland’s interests in Canada.
I look forward to working with you, and in particular the Irish community in Vancouver and across Western Canada, as we take this initiative forward in the period ahead.
10 October 2017