Robin Barnett

Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

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22nd September 2020 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Robin Barnett’s Final Blog as British Ambassador to Ireland

This is my last blog as Ambassador to Ireland. There are so many topics that I could cover but I wanted to focus on just 3 that are personal to me: GAA Before coming to Ireland, I had not appreciated the significance of the GAA but I quickly got an introduction to football at the […]

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2nd June 2020 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

A week in the life of Robin Barnett

Many people have asked me how an Embassy can operate virtually. After all, diplomacy is something of a contact sport. The answer lies in a combination of good IT, a great team, lots of imagination and creativity, a network of contacts, a lot of hard work and, crucially, by recharging your mobile phone at every […]

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22nd April 2020 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Living in Lockdown

I wanted to reflect on the Coronavirus crisis, the tragic loss of so many lives around the world and on actions that need to be taken to defeat the virus. The enormity of what is happening is incredibly difficult to come to terms with. Just like everybody else, I have never known anything like this […]

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31st January 2020 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

A message from Ambassador Robin Barnett: Our relationship is unique and will remain a strong and vital one – now and for the years to come.”

Today, the UK is leaving the EU. It is a significant moment. We want a new positive partnership between the UK and the EU. And we want to strengthen the unique and hugely important relationship between the UK and Ireland, which matters so much to all of us. What will change from 31 January? It […]

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15th July 2019 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Media freedom and the protection of female journalists online

Welcome to the first edition of my blog. I intend to use it to share both reflections on important policy issues and some more personal impressions from my experiences here in Dublin and right across the beautiful country of Ireland. Today, however, I would like to focus on the incredibly important topic of media freedom. […]

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17th February 2016 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Central & Eastern Europe offers a pipeline of opportunities for British energy companies

The GREAT Energy Summit kicks off this morning, with more than 200 energy sector specialists from the UK and from across Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) coming together in Warsaw. Although the event is in Poland, it will present the opportunities that exist for UK companies across the whole of CEE – and, in turn, […]

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18th December 2015 Dublin, Ireland

Clive Jones

Deputy Director Cyber Security, UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO)

Challenges and solutions of cyber security for public and private sector

There is no doubt that cyber security is of growing importance to countries around the world with demand for high quality technology and services booming. Poland is no exception. Last week I spoke at a well-attended cyber security event at the British Embassy in Warsaw. I used this great opportunity to discuss the importance of […]

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About Robin Barnett

Robin Barnett was British Ambassador to Ireland from 2016 to 2020. Between 2011 - 2016 he held the post of British Ambassador to Poland and his career has previously concentrated…

Robin Barnett was British Ambassador to Ireland from 2016 to 2020. Between 2011 - 2016 he held the post of British Ambassador to Poland and his career has previously concentrated on Central and Eastern Europe and multi-lateral diplomacy.

Robin began his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1980 as Desk Officer for Indonesia and the Philippines. In addition to Ireland, he has been posted to Vienna, New York and Bucharest, where he was Ambassador. He has also served as Director of UK Visas and Managing Director of the Business Group in UK Trade and Investment

Robin studied Law at Birmingham University. He has a son and a stepson and is a great admirer of Sir Alex Ferguson and a supporter of Manchester United.

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