Ireland eyes 'soft power' with global footprint plan

Ireland eyes 'soft power' with global footprint plan
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and ministers at the launch of Global Ireland. Pic:

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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 Varadkar and several of his ministers - Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Minister of State for...

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