Events


Ambassador of Ireland

Date : Jun 28, 2018
Time : 6:00PM To 8:00PM
Place : Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC

6pm-6:45pm WAC-DC Members-only wine&cheese reception. 6:45pm-8:00pm Program

 

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On June 28th, 2018, the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC hosted His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States. Amb. Mulhall discussed the US – Ireland bi-lateral relationship, the impact of Brexit on Ireland, and his country’s relationship with the international community, among other topics in an event open to the general public and WAC-DC members located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.


The event commenced with remarks by WAC-DC International Affairs Director, Ms. Stephanie Fassler, who highlighted the historical role of Ireland in the European Union from the time of the Anglo-Irish treaty in 1921, to the trend in recent years of social progressivism in the Irish politics concerning topics such as marriage equality. She then introduced Amb. Mulhall. And Hon. Jim Moran, co-chair of the WAC-DC Board of Directors, who served as moderator.


Amb. Mulhall began his remarks by reminiscing on his time in America. He expressed a great admiration for America, and the opportunity he has to interact with Irish-Americans as Ambassador. Amb. Mulhall expressed positivity regarding the direction of the Irish economy, as well as the climate of progressive change in Irish social issues. The discussion turned towards the flow of investment between Ireland and the United States, and identified Brexit as a cloud on the horizon of the future of the European Union. Hon. Moran brought up the topics of the Irish role in the EU post-Brexit, at which point Amb. Mulhall speculated that Ireland will have to take a more prominent role as a bridge between the US and Europe in the absence of the UK in the EU. Hon. Moran then asked Amb. Mulhall about his stance on contemporary immigration issues in the United States. To close the event, Amb. Mulhall took questions from the audience about education, NATO, and populist trends in Europe. 


In partnership with the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.