Poland to set up consulate in Belfast by end of year
Poland is set to be the first European country to have full diplomatic presence in Northern Ireland after it announced it would be setting up a Polish Consulate Agency in Belfast this year.
This move will also make Poland only the third country in the world with a consulate here after the United States and China.
The decision was confirmed by the Polish Minister of Foreign affairs Witold Waszczykowski and is an acknowledgement of the close historic ties between Poland and the UK. It will also serve the large and growing Polish population in Northern Ireland requiring ongoing consular services, which at present can only be provided by monthly consular visits to Belfast.
Honorary Northern Ireland Consul for the Republic of Poland, Jerome Mullen, is to remain in his present role, and welcomed the announcement.