About Us


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Welcome to the Ireland for Law website. Ireland for Law is the Irish Government’s International Legal Services Strategy.


This strategy has been created to represent and position Ireland’s international legal services industry. We seek to promote Irish Law and Irish Legal Services to the international business community, particularly in areas where Ireland is already a world leader, including aviation finance, funds, insurance, tech, pharma and life sciences.

As a former Taoiseach, or Prime Minister of Ireland, I am delighted to lead Ireland for Law, which is a key part of the Government's wider strategy of pursuing trade and investment opportunities from Brexit. Decades of experience working with international business makes us ready to grasp the opportunities that flow from our position as the only English speaking common law country in the EU. The strategy complements "Ireland for Finance", the strategy for the international financial services sector to 2025.


In October 2019, The Government of Ireland established an Implementation Group to implement the strategy. Its members are:

The Attorney General - Paul Gallagher SC

The Bar of Ireland - Patrick Leonard SC, Paul McGarry SC

The Law Society of Ireland - President of the Law Society, James Cahill, Director General, Mary Keane, Liam Kennedy SC, Solicitor

IDA Ireland - James Farrell, Senior Vice President, Eleanor Treanor (alternate)

Department of An Taoiseach - John Shaw, Assistant Secretary General

Department of Justice & Equality - Oonagh Buckley, Deputy Secretary General

Department of Public Expenditure & Reform - Ronnie Downes, Assistant Secretary General

Department of Finance - Karen Cullen, Head of International Financial Services, Risk and Management

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade - James Kingston, Legal Adviser, Michael Lonergan, Deputy Director General (alternate)

Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation - Brian Walsh, Deputy Head of Inward Investment and North-South Unit

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