Expanding our Global Network in 2015
In 2015, as Ireland's economy continued to be the fastest growing in the EU, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade expanded Ireland's diplomatic network on behalf of the Government by opening offices in Zagreb, Austin and São Paulo.
This increased global presence reflects our commitment to ensuring that an Irish voice is heard around the world, equipping us to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities and increasing knowledge of Ireland in other countries.
Having an official presence in other countries also ensures that we can support our citizens abroad, represent their interests effectively, and promote the Irish Government's values and policies to a global audience.
Ireland's Embassy in Croatia, the EU's newest member state, is helping to build trade links with a country that already has a strong cultural connection with Ireland through James Joyce, who lived, taught and wrote in Pula.
The Consulate in Austin, Texas is working to promote Ireland-U.S. relations in the South West of the United States. It also supports the large Irish community which has been a presence there since the late 18th century.
The Consulate General in São Paulo is located at a key trade and economic hub for the Americas.
In each case, the new Embassy and Consulates are well positioned to support Irish businesses that are seeking to grow overseas and gain access to new markets, including through promotional events, trade missions and close cooperation with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.