Welcome to the website of the new Consulate General of Ireland in
The opening of our first new Consulate in the US since the 1930s
makes this a particularly exciting period for relations between
Ireland and the states of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas.
For 300 years and more, people from Ireland and of Irish and
Scots-Irish descent have played a major role in the history and
growth of this part of the United States. Through the Consulate, we
hope to acknowledge and pay tribute to that tremendous work, just
as we seek to building exciting and innovative relationships in
business, science and culture for a new generation.
Our hope is that the Consulate will encourage people in this region
to consider Ireland more. To consider Ireland as a superb place to
invest in a business-friendly and English-speaking gateway to the
European Union. To consider Ireland as a wonderful destination to
visit to play golf, to trace ancestors or simply to enjoy the
beautiful countryside. To consider Ireland as a place to obtain a
world-class university education at a very competitive price. And
to spread the message to all your friends and family!
We very much hope you find this website to be useful and
informative on these opportunities and much more besides. If you
have any comments or queries, please contact us here to
let us know.
Best wishes for the months and years ahead. We look forward to
working with you.
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat.
Ard-Chonsal na hÉireann
Consul General of Ireland
Convention calls on the Diaspora
On the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the constitution by the
people of Ireland, a Convention on the Constitution has been
established to submit recommendations to the Houses of the
Oireachtas on changes to make the constitution more relevant to the
Ireland of the 21st Century.
Comprising 100 members – 66 citizens, 33 all-island
parliamentarians and an independent Chairman – the Convention will
consider eight topics during 2013, ranging from making a provision
for same-sex marriage to giving citizens resident outside the State
the right to vote in presidential elections.
The Chairman of the Convention on the Constitution, Tom Arnold
(former CEO of Concern Worldwide) invites Irish citizens resident
abroad to express their views on future Constitutional change:
“It is really important that we hear from Irish people where ever
they are located. They will bring a valuable perspective to our
deliberations and the Convention looks forward to hearing from
Irish citizens living and working abroad are being encouraged to
participate in what is an historic initiative in deliberative
democracy. The Government has undertaken to respond, by way of
Oireachtas debate, to each Convention recommendation within four
months and if it agrees with a particular recommendation for
change, to give a timeframe for a referendum.
The Convention’s plenary meetings are streamed live on the website
and include views expressed via social media platforms. Details,
including how to make a submission are available at: www.constitution.ie
Day greetings from the President Michael D. Higgins