July 27, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has proposed establishing a new Irish Consulate General in Miami, Florida.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney made the announcement Wednesday and said that the new location would create an additional regional presence for Ireland in the “fast-growing” and “heavily populated” south-eastern portion of the United States.
Coveney did not reveal the exact location of the proposed new consulate or if one had been identified.
Consulates act like branch offices of the Irish embassy, which is located in Washington D.C. and serves as the Republic of Ireland’s main diplomatic headquarters in the United States. Daniel Mulhall is currently Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S.
The announcement on Wednesday is part of the Irish government’s “Global Ireland program” which seeks to bolster Ireland’s connections with the world.
“Our Global Ireland program, launched in June 2018, is now demonstrably providing a robust foundation for a broader, deeper engagement for Ireland with the world, and will be a major platform in renewing international connections and getting Ireland back on the world stage,” Coveney said in a statement.
Coveney proposed four new overseas missions. He also suggested creating a new Consulate General in Toronto, Canada, and in Lyon, France as well as a new embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
New Global Ireland initiatives
Major ‘Global Ireland’ package of initiatives has been agreed by Government today to help renew our international connections and get Ireland back on the world stage after COVID-19#GlobalIreland 🌍 🇮🇪
— Irish Foreign Ministry (@dfatirl) July 27, 2021