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What does the Protocol Service do?

Group Excellence Award

Our Protocol and Press teams play a central role in organising major incoming visits. These maximize opportunities to promote Irish interests internationally.

They organise the programme and logistic of visits abroad by the President and lead on the management of incoming State visits. These visits maximize opportunities to promote Ireland’s political, economic and cultural standing internationally.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny recognised the enormous contribution of the Protocol and Press Services of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a Public Service Excellence Award following the successful visits to Ireland of Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama in May 2011. The success of the State visit of Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh from May 17 20 May 2011, was widely praised and the award was a special tribute by the Government to the work of the Department’s Protocol team.‌‌

Along with their management responsibilities for high-level visits, the Protocol Service:

The Taoiseach presenting an Excellence Award to our team

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny recognised the enormous contribution of the Protocol and Press Services of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a Public Service Excellence Award

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