The Europe Center is delighted to invite you to a public discussion on Ireland’s foreign policy priorities with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney. This virtual event will take place on Friday, September 24, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET / 14:00 – 15:00 IST on Zoom.

As a US partner, member of the European Union, and an elected member of the United Nations Security Council, Ireland plays an important role on the international stage. Ireland’s Presidency of the Security Council for the month of September comes at a critical time for the world. The Irish Government has also played a key role in shaping the EU’s relationship with the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

Minister Coveney will join the Atlantic Council following the start of the 76th Session of the UN to share the view from Dublin—Ireland’s foreign policy priorities, post-Brexit relationships between Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the European Union, as well as the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Minister Coveney will also discuss EU-UK relations and the transatlantic relationship, in addition to outlining Ireland’s priorities for its Presidency of the Security Council.

Minister Coveney has served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland since 2017, and has served as Ireland’s Minister for Defence since June 2020. He has taken an active role in the Brexit debate and in Ireland’s foreign relations. He played a key role in the negotiations leading to the restoration of the Good Friday Agreement power-sharing institutions in Northern Ireland in early 2020. His previously held positions include Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Governance; Minister for Defence; Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; and Member of the European Parliament.

This discussion will take place on Zoom and will be broadcast on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. To receive the event information, please register using the button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to watch the event.

Opening remarks

Frederick Kempe
President and Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic Council 


H.E. Simon Coveney
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of the Republic of Ireland 


Mary Jordan
National Political Correspondent
Washington Post

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