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Ambassador Eamon Hickey

Message from Ambassador Hickey

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Bern. I hope that the information here will provide a useful guide to the Embassy’s services and serve to highlight the warm relations between Ireland and Switzerland.

At the Embassy we are committed to promoting Ireland in Switzerland and to assisting both countries to gain in their knowledge and appreciation of each other.

Irish trade with Switzerland is thriving: Switzerland is our fifth most important trading partner and an important source of inward investment. Swiss people are visiting Ireland in greater numbers and there are now more direct flights to Dublin from Basel, Geneva and Zürich than ever before.

There are links on this website to our State Agencies – IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) and Tourism Ireland. I would encourage you to consult these to find out more about investing in Ireland, about Irish companies and their products and to make the most of your next visit to Ireland.

Many Swiss people have come to know Ireland either by visiting or through Irish culture and sport. It is gratifying to see the increasing awareness of Irish literature, music and dance, as these aspects of Ireland, together with an open and friendly approach to our guests, ensure a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay in the country.

The Embassy is committed to promoting cultural ties between our two countries and welcomes your interest in the many Irish-related events that take place each year in Switzerland.

Central to the Embassy’s role is a commitment to serving our citizens and the Irish community, working closely with our Honorary Consul in Zürich, Mr Stefan Studer.

If you have any suggestions for improving the information offered on this website, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes – le gach deá-ghuí

Eamon Hickey

Ambassador

Teachtaireacht

Fáilte chuig suíomh gréasáin Ambasáid na hÉireann i mBeirn. Tá súil agam go mbeidh an t-eolas atá sa suíomh gréasáin seo ina threoir duit i dtaobh na seirbhísí a chuireann an Ambasáid ar fáil agus go léireofar ann an cairdeas atá idir Éire agus an Eilvéis.

Táim féin agus mo chomhghleacaithe san Ambasáid tiomanta do leasanna na hÉireann a chur chun cinn san Eilvéis agus tá uainn a chinntiú go gcuirfidh an dá thír leis an eolas agus an aithne atá acu ar a chéile.

Tá trádáil na hÉireann leis an Eilvéis faoi bhorradh is faoi bhláth: tá an Eilvéis ar an gcúigiú comhpháirtí trádála is tábhachtaí de chuid na hÉireann. Is foinse thábhachtach infheistíochta isteach í an Eilvéis in Éirinn freisin agus tugann líon mór de mhuintir na hEilvéise cuairt ar Éirinn agus is mó an méid eitiltí díreacha anois ná riamh a théann idir Baile Átha lath agus Basel, an Ghinéiv agus Zürich.

Tá naisc le fáil ar an suíomh gréasáin seo le príomhghníomhaireachtaí Stáit na hÉireann — GFT Éireann, Fiontraíocht Éireann, an Bord Bia agus Turasóireacht Éireann — agus ba mhaith liom thú a spreagadh chun dul i gcomhairle leo siúd chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil faoi infheistiú in Éirinn, faoi chuideachtaí Éireannacha agus a dtáirgí agus faoin tairbhe is fearr a bhaint as do chéad chuairt eile ar Éirinn.

Is iomaí duine de mhuintir na hEilvéise a bhfuil aithne curtha acu ar Éirinn trí chuairt a thabhairt ar an tír nó trí chultúr agus spórt na hÉireann. Is údar sásaimh dom an fheasacht atá acu ar litríocht, ceol agus rince na hÉireann, toisc go gcinntíonn na gnéithe sin d'Éirinn, chomh maith leis an meon oscailte, cairdiúil atá againn, go mbeidh fáilte ó chroí rompu agus go mbainfidh siad sult as a seal ar an oileán.

Tá an Ambasáid tiomanta don cheangal cultúir idir an dá thír seo againne a chur chun cinn agus is mór againn an tsuim a léirítear sna himeachtaí iomadúla Éireannacha a bhíonn ar siúl gach bliain san Eilvéis.

Cuid lárnach d'fhreagrachtaí na hAmbasáide is ea an tiomantas chun an freastal is fearr is féidir a dhéanamh ar shaoránaigh na hÉireann agus ar an bpobal Éireannach, agus muid ag obair i ndlúthpháirt le Consal Oinigh na hÉireann in Zürich, an tUasal Stefan Stüder.

Má tá aon mholtaí agat i dtaobh feabhas a chur ar an leibhéal faisnéise atá ar fáil ar an suíomh gréasáin, ná bíodh drogall ar bith ort teagmháil a dhéanamh linn.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Éamonn Ó hIceadha
Ambasadóir