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10 March 2014

CECS gives evidence to Irish Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee

Graham Butler from the Faculty of Law's Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies was in Dublin recently to give evidence before the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

His paper, "Parliamentary oversight, involvement and input into a renewed Irish foreign policy" was delivered before Deputies and Senators from both Houses of Parliament, and discussed the recently launched Review of Foreign Policy and External Relations by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which is scheduled to be published later in 2014 by the Irish Government.

The Joint Parliamentary Committee heard from four expert witnesses over two days of hearings, which included:

  • Professor Ben Tonra, Head of School at University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations.
  • Dr. Noel Dorr, former Secretary-General of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and former Permanent Representative (Ambassador) of Ireland to the United Nations.
  • Mr. Denis Staunton, Foreign Editor at The Irish Times.
  • Mr. Graham Butler, Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.

You can read Mr. Butler's evidence transcript here: http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/Debates%20Authoring/DebatesWebPack.nsf/committeetakes/FOJ2014011600011?opendocument

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