New Irish Embassy to be officially opened in Croatia by Minister of State Kevin Humphreys, T.D.


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16 March 2015: Mr. Kevin Humphreys, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection is representing the Irish Government in Croatia to mark St. Patrick’s Day.  At midday, tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day, the Minister will officially open the Irish Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia.  This Embassy is one of five new Embassies and three new Consulates, announced by the Department of Foreign Affairs last year to expand its diplomatic network abroad.

Joining Minister Humphreys at the event will be Mr Tim Harrington, the first Irish Ambassador to be appointed to Croatia and Mr Emil Tedeschi, Honorary Consul of Ireland to Croatia. 

Following the accession of Croatia as the 28th Member State of the European Union during Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in 2013, the Embassy is now fully established in line with the Irish Government’s policy of maintaining a diplomatic presence in every EU capital. 

The expansion of the Embassy network is specifically designed to support trade and inward investment, and takes account of the Review of the Government’s Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy, published last year.

Speaking ahead of the official opening of the Embassy in Zagreb, Minister Humphreys said: “I am very pleased that the Irish Government established an Embassy in Croatia.  It will focus on trade and investment, as well as promoting Irish culture and assisting Irish citizens who are living here, visiting here on holiday or residing here on a temporary basis.  It will equip Ireland to avail of new opportunities and will create a solid base for business that resources will be in place to support them in key markets and regions. I wish Ambassador Tim Harrington every success with his work and I would like to reassure him that he has the full support of the Irish Government in delivering a quality service in Croatia.”

The focus of Minister Humphrey’s message at the events and meetings he is attending during this St. Patrick’s Day visit is that the Irish Government has steered the country out of recession and economic crisis into one that is strong and viable with an increasing highly skilled workforce. 

The Minister says: “The turnaround in Ireland’s fortunes over the past four years has been due to hard political decisions being taken and implemented, and also because of the resolve of the Irish people.  Foreign direct investment continues to be a key contributor to Ireland’s economic development and growth, providing rewarding employment for over 256,000 people directly. Ireland opened its labour market in 2013 to Croatian nationals.  Ireland is a strong supporter of the principle of free movement in the EU.  This opening of Ireland’s labour market is a very significant signal of our commitment to that principle.”

Minister Humphreys had a meeting with the Minister for Labour and Pensions, Mr Mirando Mrsić and separately, he met with Ms Iva Prpići, Assistant Minister for Social Affairs and Youth in Croatia.  He is having informal meetings with Mr Damogoj Hajdukovic, MP, Chair of the Croatian-Irish Inter Parliamentary Friendship Society and Mr Daniel Mondekar, MP, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament.  The Minister is also representing the Irish Government at a number of receptions to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

ENDS

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