Hearn finishing up as Irish ambassador

Sources say N.L. teacher, politician heading back to province

Ashley Fitzpatrick afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com
Published on August 26, 2014
Loyola Hearn

Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, Loyola Hearn, is returning to Canada from the Emerald Isle.

Hearn, who is from Renews, is nearing the end of his term and returning home this week, The Telegram has been told.

In his role as ambassador, Hearn has been involved in everything from opening a Leonard Cohen festival in Dublin in early August to encouraging airlines to establish direct flights to and from Ireland — following the Blue Skies air agreement between governments, signed in 2007.

He was in St. John’s in March and spoke to the St. John’s Board of Trade on Canada-Ireland connections, saying Ireland could provide some relief for Canada’s labour shortage.

“The connections here are becoming very, very strong, and we do have a lot of young Irish coming to Canada,” he said at the time.

“Canada now has become by far the destination of choice.”

According to the federal government, about 3.9 million Canadians — 13 per cent of the population — claim some Irish ancestry.

Hearn was appointed to the role of Ambassador to Ireland in November 2010, succeeding former Prince Edward Island premier Pat Binns.

There has been no word as to who might next take on the role of ambassador.

An MHA in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1982 to 1993 and an MP from 2000 to 2008, when he chose not to seek re-election, Hearn has not stated any plans to seek more time in public life.