10/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/22/2021 03:56
Press release22 October 2021
On 22 October, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, T.D., will officially open Ireland's new Consulate General in Wales. Since its establishment in 2019, the Consulate General has already strengthened political, commercial, community and cultural ties between Ireland and Wales.
Welcoming the official launch, Minister Coveney said,
"The re-establishment of the Consulate is testament to Ireland's commitment to increasing cooperation and collaboration with Wales across the business, arts, sporting and community sectors. I am delighted to be marking this important milestone with our Consul General, Denise Hanrahan, in the presence of the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford.
"Ireland and Wales are the closest of neighbours, and we have a strong and positive relationship built on age-old connections and a deep cultural understanding. Our modern and vibrant relationship has grown from historic links, common heritage and culture, and close people-to-people, business, cultural and sporting connections."
As part of the visit, Minister Coveney will also lead the Irish Government's attendance at the inaugural Ireland Wales Forum, hosted by the Welsh Government. This provides the opportunity to bring together Irish and Welsh ministers to exchange views and approaches on critical issues, including sustainability and green recovery, as well as trade cooperation, economic development, climate action and energy policy.
Minister Coveney will be accompanied by Robert Troy T.D., Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and Eamon Ryan T.D., Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications, and Minister for Transport, who will join the event virtually.
Speaking ahead of the Forum, Minister Coveney said;
"I am delighted to co-chair the Inaugural Ireland Wales Forum with First Minister Drakeford today. We launched an ambitious framework for the Ireland Wales relationship earlier this year and one of our shared priorities was to deepen cooperation in important sectors. Today's Forum will be an excellent platform for doing so".
Minister Troy said;
"I am delighted to be participating in today's Forum, as we come together to assess our established economic ties, to examine challenges we face collectively, as well as the common opportunities that we hope to harness in order to further trade cooperation between Ireland and Wales."
Minister Ryan said;
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to take part in this event, coinciding with the opening of our Consulate in Cardiff. I also welcome the opportunity to discuss climate change and energy policy with Welsh Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters, and hear about Welsh priorities in this area."
22 October 2021