Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Ireland)

Department Of Foreign Affairs And Trade (Ireland)

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade () is a department of the Government of Ireland that is responsible for promoting the interests of Ireland in the European Union and the wider world. The head of the Department is the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

The position of Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade is traditionally regarded as one of the most prestigious appointments in the Government of Ireland, below that of Taoiseach and Minister for Finance.

Departmental team

The official headquarters and Ministerial offices of the department are in Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. The Departmental team consists of the following:



History

The Department of Foreign Affairs was created at the very first meeting of Dáil Éireann on 21 January 1919. Over the years its name has changed several times. The area of Trade was added in 2011. The Department has been called the following:
  • Department of Foreign Affairs (1919–1922)
  • Department of External Affairs (1922–1971)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs (1971–2011)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2011–present)


Over the years a number of distinguished individuals have held the position of Minister for Foreign......
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