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Opening of the new Consulate General of Ireland in Wales

Opening of the new Consulate General of Ireland in Wales

Speaking in Cardiff today, the Ambassador of Ireland to the UK, Mr. Adrian O’Neill, welcomed the re-opening of the Consulate General of Ireland in Wales, led by the recently-appointed Consul General Ms Denise Hanrahan.

The re-opening of the Consulate highlights the importance of the relationship between Ireland and Wales, and is part of Ireland’s expansion of its diplomatic network under the “Global Ireland” initiative. The Consulate in Cardiff will have a governmental and economic focus and will play an important role in supporting the strengthening and deepening of the existing relationships between Ireland and Wales.

During the visit the Ambassador and the Consul General met with a number of political leaders including the Rt. Hon. Mr. Mark Drakeford, AM, First Minister of Wales and Ms. Eluned Morgan, AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, as well as Mr. Adam Price, AM, leader of Plaid Cymru.

Speaking in Cardiff, Ambassador O’Neill said

I am delighted that Ireland’s Consulate in Cardiff is now open and I welcome Denise Hanrahan, the new Consul General, as part of Team Ireland in Great Britain.

Ireland and Wales share a very special bond and relationship, and the Consulate will play an important role in maintaining and deepening these ties, both historic and current. I would like to thank the Welsh Government and the British Government for their support with this re-opening.

The new Consul General Denise Hanrahan said

I am proud and delighted to take up the role of Consul General at this important moment in the relationship between Ireland and Wales. We are connected at many levels – historic, economic, cultural, academic, sporting and governmental - and there is clear potential to grow these connections even more.

I and my team look forward to getting to know Wales and its people better, and to working to support the varied and vibrant links which already span the Irish Sea.”

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