Irish diplomacy on ‘cliff-edge’ as our EU officials approach retirement

A briefing paper to Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has warned that the numbers of Irish people taking jobs with the EU is dwindling sharply

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
2nd August, 2020
Irish diplomacy on ‘cliff-edge’ as our EU officials approach retirement
The briefing paper urged Simon Coveney to take notice of the dwindling numbers of Irish people being recruited to the EU

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has been warned that Irish diplomacy is facing a “demographic cliff-edge”, as many of its most senior EU officials are nearing retirement age without anyone to replace them.

The stark message is contained in a briefing paper prepared for Coveney on his reappointment to Foreign Affairs. It has raised fears that the country’s diplomatic influence could be set to diminish despite a series of recent successes, which...

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