Ireland's diplomatic presence in Britain has increased, with the opening today of a Consulate General in Manchester.

Minster for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the new consulate was a statement of intent to protect and deepen Ireland’s relationship with the north of England in the wake of Brexit.

The new Consul General's office in Manchester will work with an Enterprise Ireland office set up there two years ago to broaden and deepen the business and personal links between Ireland and the north of England.

At the official opening this morning, Mr Coveney said England and the UK are still Ireland's most valuable partners when it comes to trade and relationships.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said he was determined not to allow Brexit to undermine relations with Ireland.

He views the consulate as a base for strengthening ties, and intends leading a trade mission with the Mayor of Liverpool to Ireland in the spring.