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Global Ireland: Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025

Launched in June 2018, Global Ireland 2025 is a multi-annual, whole-of-government strategic initiative to double the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint by 2025. Global Ireland 2025 represents the most ambitious renewal and expansion of Ireland’s international presence ever undertaken in terms of diplomacy, culture, business, overseas aid, tourism and trade.

It supports efforts to grow and diversify export markets, inward investment and tourism. It ensures that Ireland is well positioned to build the alliances necessary to advance its interests and defend its positions in the EU. It supports the securing of our deep and positive relationship with the UK and its constituent parts into the future.

At a global level, it enhances our ability to advocate for and achieve our foreign policy objectives, including international development, peace, disarmament and security, while strengthening Ireland’s engagement with its 70 million-strong diaspora and bringing our rich culture and heritage to wider audiences.

A Team Ireland approach abroad and a global perspective at home will continue to be essential to economic recovery and growth over the coming period.

Objectives

  • at least 26 new diplomatic missions, enhancing Ireland’s impact in shaping the future direction of EU policies, budgets, programmes and legislation, as well as our influence at multilateral institutions including the United Nations
  • a significant expansion of the supports for promoting Irish arts and culture internationally
  • accelerated diversification of FDI source markets, doubling growth in IDA-supported project investments from non-US markets in the period 2018-2024
  • accelerate diversification of export markets by Enterprise Ireland clients, with the ambition to:

– double the total value of EI client exports outside the UK from the 2015 baseline by 2025;

– double Eurozone exports by 2025; and

– increase the diversification of client exports into new markets, with at least 70% of exports going beyond the UK by 2025

  • develop the tourism sector, including by tripling revenues from developing markets, including China, to €600 million a year by 2025, and doubling revenue from both the US and German markets by 2025
  • increase the economic output value of international education to the Irish economy to €2.7 billion per annum by 2025, and double the number of Government of Ireland scholarships to 120 per annum by 2025
  • develop a new policy and strategic approach to supporting our citizens overseas and diaspora networks internationally, including our traditional, affinity and return diaspora, including the publication of a new diaspora strategy in 2020
  • implement a global Team Ireland communications strategy to present a unified image of Ireland as a good place in which to live, work, do business, invest and visit

Achievements to date

Since the launch of the strategy in 2018, two progress reports have been published detailing achievements under the initiative: the first in June 2019; and the second in March 2021. Links to those reports, as well as the original strategy document can be found at the end of this page. A summary of the headline progress detailed in each report can be viewed in the following tables:

Expanding Ireland’s Global Footprint

New Embassies Wellington, Bogotá, Amman, Monrovia and Santiago de Chile
New Consulates General Vancouver, Mumbai, Cardiff, Frankfurt and Los Angeles
Strengthening existing missions Additional diplomatic staff, Trade Counsellors, Agriculture, Finance and Defence Attachés deployed
Expansion of the “Ireland House” model 20 missions providing co-located “Team Ireland” facilities
Design for the new flagship Ireland House Tokyo selected
IDA Ireland New staff/officers in North America (Toronto; Seattle; Mountain View, California; New York; and Chicago) and in Europe (Paris, Frankfurt and London);
New strategy published: Driving Recovery & Sustainable Growth 2021-2024
Enterprise Ireland New offices in Munich, Lyon, Manchester, Copenhagen, Montreal, Seattle, Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City
Bord Bia Thinking House Asia opened in Shanghai
Specialists appointed in New York, Warsaw, West Africa, North Africa, Japan, Singapore and Shanghai
Science Foundation Ireland First overseas post in the USA - Science and Technology Attaché appointed to California
New strategy Shaping our Future launched

Enhancing Ireland’s Global Influence

Peacekeeping and Security Ireland elected to a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term
International Development A Better World, new policy on International Development, published
Diaspora New strategy for the diaspora published
Culture Five Cultural Ambassadors appointed
Cultural Officers recruited by the Government to serve in New York and London
Online cultural events, such as the Ireland Performs and Courage series reached over 13 million views in 2020
Government support provided for the redevelopment of the London Irish Centre in Camden, beginning in 2023
Government support for a new Irish Arts Center New York to open 2021
Regional Engagement Government strategies for Africa, Asia-Pacific and US & Canada
Ireland admitted as an observer member of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Advancing Ireland’s Economic Interests

International Finance Minister for Finance elected President of the Eurogroup
Ireland admitted as a member of the African Development Bank
Export Markets 2019 Exports to the Euro area grew by 15% to €5.65bn
2019 Exports to North America grew by 16% to €4.72bn
Foreign Direct Investment End 2019, over 1,600 IDA Ireland client companies employing 245,000 people in Ireland

Next steps

The international environment in which we operate has changed significantly since the launch of Global Ireland in 2018 and in recognition of that, the government will commence a review of the Global Ireland strategy at its half-way point at the end of 2021.

Publications

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Global Ireland: 2021 Progress Report

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Global Ireland: 2019 Progress Report

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Global Ireland: Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025

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