Brazil and Ireland established diplomatic relations in 1975. The opening of the Brazilian Embassy in Dublin (1991) and of the Irish Embassy in Brasília (2001) added momentum to the relationship, whose economic and commercial aspect is particularly significant.
The first visit of a Head of the Irish State to Brazil was made by President Mary Robinson (1995); the second, by President Mary McAleese (2004).
President Michael Higgins visited Brazil in 2012. The visit of the Irish President, accompanied by an significant business delegation, had as one of its main goals to foster the commercial relationship. On the occasion of the meeting with President Dilma Rousseff, the Heads of State decided to boost educational cooperation – within the framework of the Science without Borders Program Ireland offers Brazilian students 4,000 vacancies at universities and technology institutes. The Presidents also discussed both regional and global political and economic issues, highlighting policies adopted to tackle the economic crisis and promote social inclusion.
Chronology of bilateral relations
1975 – Diplomatic relations are established
1991 – Opening of the Brazilian Embassy in Dublin
1995 – The President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, visits Brazil
1998 – After an understanding between Brazil and Ireland, the New Agenda Coalition on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation was established
1999 – Vice-Prime-Minister Mary Harney visits Brazil in the context of negotiations between the European Union and Latin America (Rio Summit)
2001 – Prime-Minister Bertie Ahern visits Brazil, resulting in the opening of the Embassy in Brasilia
2001 – Opening of the Irish Embassy in Brasilia
2004 – The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, visits Brazil accompanied by an important business Delegation (March)
2006 – The Minister for Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan, visits Ireland (May)
2006 – Opening of the Enterprise Ireland office – a joint agency for fostering trade in São Paulo, with operations throughout South America
2017 – Visit to Brasilia of the Minister of State for Training and Skills, John Hallinan (March 13)