“Irish Friends and Friends of Ireland…” London Speeches 2009-2013


Bobby McDonagh was the Irish Ambassador in London from 2009 to 2013, a historic period in British-Irish relations which included Queen Elizabeth’s State Visit to Ireland. “Irish Friends and Friends of Ireland…” London Speeches 2009-2013 contains a small selection of the speeches that he made during that period on British-Irish relations, including the European dimension.

Bobby McDonagh joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1977 and is currently Ireland’s Ambassador to Italy. From 2009 to 2013 he was the Irish Ambassador in London. He has spent 23 years working on European Union issues including as EU Director General in Dublin from 2001 to 2005 and as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the EU from 2005 to 2009. His published work includes Original Sin in a Brave New World – the Paradox of Europe (IEA 1997); and ‘The IGC: How the deal was done – an account of the negotiation of the EU Constitutional Treaty’ (contained in The Genesis and Destiny of the European Constitution, Bruylant 2007).

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