Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason’s visit to Grenoble 29th-30th March



Ambassador Byrne Nason visited Grenoble from 29-30 March.  The visit represented an opportunity to engage with the metropole, which is one of the most innovative in France, particularly in sectors such as clean tech, med tech and nano-/micro-technologies. 

Over the course of the visit, the ambassador met representatives from eight companies, as well as elected representatives from the metropole of Grenoble, the university community, and clusters in sectors such as medical technologies and clean energy.  The ambassador also attended a networking event, which provided an opportunity to deliver remarks on the performance of the Irish economy, the importance of the Franco-Irish economic relationship, and the challenges posed by Brexit.  

The visit also provided an opportunity to engage with Irish actors in the local economy.  A lunch event at MINATEC (the micro and nanotechnology campus in Grenoble) enabled exploration of deepening already existing engagement with partners in Ireland. 

(Ambassador Byrne Nason, pictured with Claus Habfast, left, vice president of the Metropole of Grenoble, with responsibility for European affairs, research and higher education, and Patrick Lévy, president of the Academic Council, Université Grenoble-Alpes)

Past Events




Members of NetworkIrlande had the opportunity to become part of the Inspirefest community for an evening on Thursday 9th March, whenAnn O’Dea (CEO and Co-founder of Silicon Republic) presented an international Inspirefest Salon at the Embassy of Ireland in Paris.

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason extended a warm welcome to the moderator, James Creedon (media editor France 24), and speakers Ann O’Dea, Anne Ravanova (CEO & Founder of Global Invest Her and filmmaker and multi-media producer Elena Rossini.



French and Irish ministers meet in Paris to discuss the implications of Brexit for Irish and European agri-food sectors

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, met the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Stephane Le Foll, in Paris on 5 March to discuss the implications of Brexit for the Irish and European agri-food sectors.

Continuing his series of engagements with European counterparts, and coming after meetings with the Austrian and Luxembourg ministers, Minister Creed said that the meeting with Minister Le Foll proved enormously useful in developing a shared understanding at EU level of the impact of Brexit for the agri-food sector.  “We had a very positive exchange, and it was clear that France's concerns in relation to Brexit coincide to a large degree with Ireland's."

Noting that Minister Le Foll's term in office will come to an end shortly, Minister Creed and his officials undertook to continue consultations at senior official level with a view to ensuring continuity in engagement over the coming months.

Concluding, Minister Creed also took the opportunity to wish Minister Le Foll well for the future.  He said: "I expressed my gratitude for France's close collaboration with Ireland over the last five years, and particularly for its support in concluding the negotiations on CAP reform during Ireland's most recent EU Presidency.  I also congratulated Stephane Le Foll on his positive contribution to wider agricultural policy development, most notably with his '4 per 1000' initiative aimed at maximising agriculture's contribution to the achievement of climate change objectives."