Ireland’s trade concerns must align with our diplomatic efforts

The next minister for foreign affairs and trade will need the skills to ensure that free trade keeps the peace

9th February, 2020
Ireland’s trade concerns must align with our diplomatic efforts
It makes perfect sense to have the trade function directly linked to the Department of Foreign Affairs

Now that the scramble for votes is over, the scramble for the big jobs in government begins.

The job descriptions of the 15 ministers allowed under the constitution has changed many times, as successive taoisigh sought to emphasise or reallocate political priorities. New portfolios get created, and then can be re-amalgamated – as happened with Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform in 2011. Also, as part of the deck-shuffling by Enda Kenny in 2011, responsibility...

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