Ireland eyes 'soft power' with global footprint plan

Development aid is a moral duty for any country – particularly one like ours that experienced the Great Famine. But there is also a cold political reality: it helps to build alliances and trade with other countries

12th June, 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and ministers at the launch of Global Ireland. Pic:

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar promised in his leadership campaign that he would come up with a plan to double Ireland's global footprint.

Given that he will be a year in office on Thursday, there was an understandable push on to get the 'Global Ireland' plan out before that anniversary.

So will it make Ireland, as Varadkar grandly put it, "an island at the centre of the world"?

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