Martin Fraser strikes to London in August to develop into Eire’s ambassador on the Court docket of St James’s, transferring from the taoiseach’s division. The development is with out precedent. All earlier incumbents of the put up, for greater than 60 years, have been profession diplomats, homegrown throughout the Division of International Affairs. However the state’s most senior civil servant brings to the position a spread of political and administrative expertise proper throughout authorities. He’ll want all of it.
A posting to London is among the most prestigious and necessary within the diplomatic service. Fraser’s appointment from exterior was, maybe understandably, not universally welcomed. But when some believed that at 52 he was being awarded a sinecure, the alternative should now be the case. Anglo-Irish relations are at