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Ireland Today - Many Shades of Green

Ireland Today - Many Shades of Green


The following is a synopsis developed from press releases issued by the UI Communications and Marketing Department; additional comments in italics

Emer Deane, the Consul General of Ireland (San Francisco), was the first Irish representative to visit Idaho in several years. She discussed contemporary Ireland’s relationship with the rest of the world, focusing particularly on what factors contributed to the country’s economic resurgence and its resultant role in the European Union and wider international community.

Deane joined Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1995, working on E.U. matters as a member of a team coordinating Ireland's then-presidency of the EU. From 1998 to 2001, she served as the Irish community officer at the Irish Embassy in London. She also served in the Political Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, dealing with North America among other issues. For the four years immediately prior to her current position, she served as the Department of Foreign Affairs personnel officer.

During her visit, Deane also will meet with Washington State University faculty in a reception hosted by Vice Provost Mary Wack.

Consul General Deane originally planned to visit UI in conjunction with President Mary Robinson’s Borah Symposium visit. When the date of the Borah changed, she had to cancel, but graciously agreed to make a “stand alone” visit to the Palouse.