Estonia opened an Honorary Consul’s Office in Cork, Ireland

Estonia opened an Honorary Consul’s Office in Cork, Ireland

Yesterday 8 June, Estonian Ambassador to Ireland Aino Lepik von Wirén and Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Erki Kodar opened an honorary consul’s office in Cork.

The Estonian Honorary Consul in the city of Cork and the counties of Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford is entrepreneur Neil George Kenefick. Ambassador Aino Lepik von Wirén said that opening an honorary consul’s office in the second largest city in Ireland is an important and welcome step in strengthening the bilateral relations of Estonia and Ireland and for the 3000 Estonians living in Ireland. It also makes it easier to provide consular services to Estonian citizens in the region.

“Neil Kenefick’s long-term experience in running his company, his contact network in Cork and Ireland in general, as well as his personal business ties with Estonia are good preconditions for developing economic relations between Estonia and Ireland and increasing tourism and investments between Estonia and Ireland,” the ambassador said.

“By adding an honorary consul in Cork, we are expanding the reach of our network of honorary consuls, which helps us to improve the provision of consular services to our citizens abroad and work towards practical cooperation between the entrepreneurs of Estonia and Ireland,” Undersecretary Kodar said. “Every new honorary consul expands Estonia’s diplomatic reach worldwide and increases our influence and network. Considering the size of the Estonian community in Ireland, the honorary consul will help us provide more efficient assistance to our citizens.”

The guests of the formal opening ceremony included Deputy Mayor of Cork Des Cahill, businessman Imre Sooäär and representatives of the network of Cork’s honorary consuls, Irish companies and the Estonian community.

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