World View: Brexit puts Irish diplomats centre-stage

Iveagh House excels at big issues such as UN and EU. Brexit will focus its energies

The EU Division has returned to Iveagh House and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is one of the most powerful people in the Cabinet.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The EU Division has returned to Iveagh House and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is one of the most powerful people in the Cabinet. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

You’re unlikely to find anyone in Iveagh House, the Dublin headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who thinks Brexit is a good idea. Yet Britain’s act of national self-immolation, and the gorse fires it has set off across the region, have, in a narrow institutional sense, been good for Irish diplomacy.

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