What happens to Ireland if Britain leaves the EU?

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A general election in Britain is always watched closely on the other side of the Irish Sea, not least because of the tumultuous political history linking the two islands. But never has an UK election been of greater interest to Ireland’s business community, amid fears that if the Conservatives win, it could spell catastrophe for the country’s economy.

A win for David Cameron would trigger a referendum on membership of the European Union, which if it results in a British exit would send shockwaves through Ireland’s economy. Each week there is €1bn (£730m) in trade between the two countries, supporting about 400,000 jobs.

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Mitchel McLaughlin to accept Commonwealth Parliamentary Association role

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Sinn Féin’s Mitchel McLaughlin has announced he will take up the position of President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

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The global Irish: Where do they live?

DiasporaIrish Times Wed Feb 4 – Ciara Kenny

Where the Irish live other than in Ireland

Estimates for the size of the “Irish diaspora” vary hugely, from three million to 70 million depending on who is talking.

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Ireland and UK agree historic defence agreement

DefenceForcesUNIrish Army to train British soldiers in peacekeeping as part of deepening co-operation

Stephen Collins, Irish Times – 12 Jan 2015

A historic agreement on defence co-operation between Ireland and the UK will be signed by senior Ministers from the two countries later this month.

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John Redmond: a Life of Service to Ireland

RedmondJohn Redmond had a political career of 39 years and became an MP in his twenties. Previously he had worked as a clerk in the House of Commons where his father had been a member.

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Irish ambassador to lay London Cenotaph wreath

MulhallAmbasadorLondonRTE News – Tuesday 14 October 2014

Ireland’s Ambassador to Great Britain Dan Mulhall will lay a wreath at London’s Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in November, it has been announced.

It will be the first time that an invitation has been issued and accepted and coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

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> Remembrance Sunday: Irish government invited to Cenotaph

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UK & Ireland Reciprocal Joint Visa Initiative

CommonTravelAreaIrish Naturalisation and Immigration Service: Justice minister announces that visitors will travel freely within the Common Travel Area on a single visa.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme will operate through a reciprocal visa arrangement, whereby Ireland and the UK recognise short-stay visas issued by each other for travel to each jurisdiction. This will allow the holder of a visa issued by the country of first arrival to travel freely between Ireland and the UK.

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Scotland shows 1916 Rising a mistake, says John Bruton

Home Rule Speech JBruton 18-Sep-14Ireland could have taken same ‘peaceful path’ to independence with Home Rule

Stephen Collins – Irish Times, 18 Sep 2014

Ireland could have followed the same peaceful path towards independence that Scotland is considering today, according to former taoiseach John Bruton.
In a speech today on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Home Rule Bill into law (September 18th, 1914), Mr Bruton pointed to the way the referendum on independence for Scotland had come about.

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> Reform Group Seminar 18 September 2014

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Ireland and UK Remembrance Shared

PresHigginsIrish Independent – 31 Jul 2014

President Michael D Higgins has described a national sorrow that soldiers who fought in the First World War and their families were shunned for decades in their home country.

Unveiling the first Cross of Sacrifice ever erected in the Republic of Ireland to servicemen and women killed in both world wars, Mr Higgins said the disrespect could not be undone although they are honoured now.

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Also: 31 July 2014: Dedication of Cross of Sacrifice, Glasnevin Cemetery

On Thursday 31 July President Michael D. Higgins led a ceremony to dedicate the newly installed Cross of Sacrifice in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11. The erection of the cross is a cooperative venture between Glasnevin Trust and the Commonwealth Graves Commission (CWGC). The service was attended by a wide range of public, diplomatic, and military representatives, along with members of the public. The event was was addressed by President Higgins.

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> Dedication of Cross of Sacrifice, Glasnevin Cemetary, Broadcast Thu 31 Jul 2014

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> Gay Byrne – My Father’s War

Image: President Michael D Higgins has unveiled the first Cross of Sacrifice erected in the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Irish Independent.

 

Embassy marks centenary of 1914 Home Rule Act

Emb-1914-Panel-discussion-540x320An event to mark the centenary of the Home Rule Act took place in the Embassy with a distinguished audience of parliamentarians, academics, officials, business, community and cultural representatives, and media. The panel of expert guest speakers from Ireland and Britain included former Taoiseach John Bruton, Lord Paul Bew, Professor Michael Laffan and Professor Richard Toye and was chaired by broadcaster Fergal Keane.

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> Broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturday 5 July

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