Senior Fellow on EU Affairs
Ray Bassett is Dublin born. He was educated at The O’Connell School and Trinity College, Dublin. He obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Trinity. He specialised in the study of the vitamin Folic Acid. He changed career from clinical biochemistry to the Irish Diplomatic Service, serving in Belfast, London, Canberra, Copenhagen and Ottawa. Bassett was part of the Irish Government Talks Team during the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement negotiations. He went on to serve as Irish Joint Secretary to the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference in Belfast, 2001-2005. He subsequently headed up the Irish Consular Service and the Irish Abroad Unit, which deals with relations with the Irish Diaspora. He spent his last six years in the Diplomatic Service as Irish Ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Since his retirement in October 2016, he has become a columnist with the Sunday Business Post.
Related Posts & Publications
by Ray Bassett | Oct 15, 2017While the focus on Irish matters in the Brexit negotiations has been on future border arrangements between the Republic and Northern Ireland, the implications for the Common Travel Area (CTA) are starting to get more attention. The issue has been raised, in...
by Ray Bassett | Aug 17, 2017By setting out its plan for avoiding a “hard border” between the Republic and Northern Ireland, the UK Government has emphasised once again the strength of the UK and Ireland’s common interests. The new Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, had already laid down the...
by Ray Bassett | Jul 30, 2017As the summer break approaches, and with the first two rounds of Brexit negotiations completed, some early assessments can be made about the state of play. The general feeling on both sides of the Channel seems to be one of frustration. The EU Chief Negotiator, Michel...
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