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The Consulate’s History

Find out more about the Consulate’s history, including when we opened and some former Consuls General

The Consulate General of Ireland to Scotland was established in Edinburgh in 1998, following the process of devolution set in motion the previous year, when Scotland voted for the establishment of a parliament in Edinburgh. A memorandum recommending the opening of the Consulate General was approved by the Government in June 1998, for the following reasons:

i. To monitor the parliamentary work of the Assembly;
ii. To develop economic links and monitor inward investment and trade;
iii. To report on thinking on EU affairs and identify common interests;
iv. To monitor developments for cooperation with the devolved institutions within the British-Irish Council; and
v. To improve the consular service to the Irish community in Britain.

Dan Mulhall was the first Consul General of Ireland in Edinburgh. He now serves as Ambassador to London. He was succeeded in the post by Conor O’Riordan, Cliona Manahan, and Susan Conlon and Pat Bourne. The current Consul General is Mark Hanniffy.


Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project

Learn more about the history of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project