Political and Economic Section
Political Economic Section
The Political Section, headed by the First Secretary for Political Affairs, observes and analyses political developments of relevance to U.S. interests occurring both within Ireland and between Ireland and other countries. The Political Section staff maintains official contact with Irish government departments, political parties, and interested non-governmental organizations. These contacts are used to advocate policy consistent with U.S. interests, assess the degree of support for U.S. policies, and maximize cooperation with the Irish government in areas of mutual concern. The Political Section's analytical reporting of Irish issues to the Department of State, along with its process of advocating U.S. positions to the Irish government are integral elements in the formation and implementation of American foreign policy.
Areas of specific U.S. interest include the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Ireland's Role in the United Nations, and the European Union. For more information on Political Relations between the United States and Ireland, click here
The Economic Section, headed by the First Secretary for Economic Affairs, monitors economic developments within Ireland and manages economic relations between the U.S and Ireland. The staff of the Economic Section maintains official contact with Irish government ministries in order to work on bilateral and international economic policy issues. The Section also reports on developments within the Irish economy, facilitates U.S. exports to, and investment in Ireland, and provides advocacy on behalf of U.S. businesses operating in Ireland.