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#Department of Foreign Affairs

# department-of-foreign-affairs - This year 2022

Chinese ‘police station’ in Dublin ordered to close
# Capel Street
# Capel Street

Chinese ‘police station’ in Dublin ordered to close

Oct 27th 2022, 10:03 PM 70,065 Views 48 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs said no request had been made to open the facility in advance.

Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years

Aug 16th 2022, 12:05 AM 23,994 Views 28 Comments

The highest spender was the Department of Foreign Affairs, spending €166,553 on foreign travel since the Government was formed.

'Spare me the apologies': Delays and missing birth certs among complaints about Passport Office
# Passport Problems
# Passport Problems

'Spare me the apologies': Delays and missing birth certs among complaints about Passport Office

Jul 27th 2022, 12:05 AM 33,759 Views 44 Comments

Details of people’s experiences after applying for a passport were released under FOI.

Extinction Rebellion activists guilty of graffiti attack on Dept of Foreign Affairs
# Courts
# Courts

Extinction Rebellion activists guilty of graffiti attack on Dept of Foreign Affairs

Jul 12th 2022, 5:58 PM 11,579 Views 0 Comments

The two activists were spared jail sentences but both have to pay €2,000 fine and a further €2,000 to the State.

Coveney praises Poland's 'incredible solidarity' during visit to discuss Ukraine
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Coveney praises Poland's 'incredible solidarity' during visit to discuss Ukraine

Updated Mar 18th 2022, 5:00 PM 30,669 Views 31 Comments

Coveney will meet his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau and speak to humanitarian organisations assisting those fleeing the war.

List of Irish companies ‘trading with Russia’ sent to Foreign Affairs Department
# Ukrainian Ambassador
# Ukrainian Ambassador

List of Irish companies ‘trading with Russia’ sent to Foreign Affairs Department

Mar 15th 2022, 5:20 PM 26,131 Views 16 Comments

Ambassador Gerasko said she is awaiting a reply from President Zelenskyy on an offer to address the Oireachtas.

Global Greening paused this year so monuments around the world can be lit in Ukrainian colours
# St Patrick's Day
# St Patrick's Day

Global Greening paused this year so monuments around the world can be lit in Ukrainian colours

Mar 10th 2022, 12:05 PM 25,417 Views 33 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has written to all Irish embassies asking for monuments to be lit up in yellow and blue.

Irish medical student who was stuck in Ukraine has reached EU border
# Racheal Diyaolu
# Racheal Diyaolu

Irish medical student who was stuck in Ukraine has reached EU border

Mar 9th 2022, 3:24 PM 22,578 Views 16 Comments

Racheal Diyaolu’s sister Christiana confirmed the news on social media.

Babies born in Ukraine through surrogacy may be brought back to Ireland more quickly than usual
# Families
# Families

Babies born in Ukraine through surrogacy may be brought back to Ireland more quickly than usual

Feb 15th 2022, 8:00 PM 14,711 Views 2 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is working with parents whose babies are due to be born soon in Ukraine, where tensions with Russia are high.

Department of Foreign Affairs says 145 Irish citizens now registered with embassy in Ukraine
# Kyiv Embassy
# Kyiv Embassy

Department of Foreign Affairs says 145 Irish citizens now registered with embassy in Ukraine

Feb 14th 2022, 4:36 PM 6,348 Views 5 Comments

The department said that this number “may rise further over the coming days”.

50 Irish citizens register with embassy in Ukraine after being urged to leave country immediately
# Kyiv Embassy
# Kyiv Embassy

50 Irish citizens register with embassy in Ukraine after being urged to leave country immediately

Updated Feb 13th 2022, 4:19 PM 20,976 Views 26 Comments

Ukraine today vowed to keep its airspace open to international travel.

Irish citizens in Ukraine told to 'leave immediately by commercial means'
# Travel Advice
# Travel Advice

Irish citizens in Ukraine told to 'leave immediately by commercial means'

Updated Feb 12th 2022, 3:40 PM 70,506 Views 72 Comments
  • The Embassy of Ireland in Kyiv is to remain open for a small number of staff.
  • A number of countries, including Russia, have been pulling embassy staff from the Ukrainian capital.
  • US President Joe Biden is due to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin later today.
Coveney says Foreign Affairs gathering was 'a serious mistake that shouldn't have happened'
# Champagne Gate
# Champagne Gate

Coveney says Foreign Affairs gathering was 'a serious mistake that shouldn't have happened'

Feb 1st 2022, 8:53 AM 20,813 Views 57 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the review of the gathering published last night is “insufficient” and called for an independent investigation.

DFA secretary general gave staff go-ahead to gather 'in the thick of it' to watch UN vote
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

DFA secretary general gave staff go-ahead to gather 'in the thick of it' to watch UN vote

Jan 27th 2022, 7:56 AM 14,748 Views 11 Comments

The go-ahead was communicated in an email from Niall Burgess’s private secretary the day before the gathering.

Irish embassies provided help to over 1,200 citizens abroad last year
# Consular Assistance
# Consular Assistance

Irish embassies provided help to over 1,200 citizens abroad last year

Jan 25th 2022, 2:12 PM 4,938 Views 1 Comment

Figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs show that 108 Irish citizens were evacuated from Afghanistan in 2021.

Simon Coveney orders investigation into department lockdown gathering
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Simon Coveney orders investigation into department lockdown gathering

Jan 17th 2022, 6:41 AM 20,872 Views 0 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has ordered an investigation into a gathering of his officials in June 2020.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Last year 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs ‘let guard down’ in lockdown gathering
# Champagne Problems
# Champagne Problems

Department of Foreign Affairs ‘let guard down’ in lockdown gathering

Updated Dec 29th 2021, 10:48 PM 48,515 Views 62 Comments

At least 20 officials and staff were pictured celebrating with champagne in an event at Iveagh House on 17 June 2020.

Government spent €28,500 on four busts of John Hume 'to promote Ireland's political interests'
# Head Count
# Head Count

Government spent €28,500 on four busts of John Hume 'to promote Ireland's political interests'

Dec 27th 2021, 6:00 AM 15,685 Views 18 Comments

The busts were bought on behalf of the State’s diplomatic network.

22 new Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats have been approved; 11 are women
# Ambassadors
# Ambassadors

22 new Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats have been approved; 11 are women

Dec 14th 2021, 6:14 PM 23,595 Views 42 Comments

Nine consuls general are also to be appointed in the UK, US, India, Canada and France.

'Pent-up demand' could see a record 1.75m passport applications to process next year
# Passports
# Passports

'Pent-up demand' could see a record 1.75m passport applications to process next year

Dec 6th 2021, 3:48 PM 27,408 Views 10 Comments

The number of passports has never even reached 1 million in a year before.

Repatriation flight for 156 people arrives in Ireland from  Morocco
# Omicron
# Omicron

Repatriation flight for 156 people arrives in Ireland from Morocco

Dec 5th 2021, 8:29 AM 33,179 Views 18 Comments

Morocco has banned all incoming flights for at least two weeks.

Repatriation flight arranged for Irish citizens following flight suspensions in Morocco
# Grounded
# Grounded

Repatriation flight arranged for Irish citizens following flight suspensions in Morocco

Dec 2nd 2021, 8:03 PM 27,760 Views 8 Comments

Flights to and from Morocco have been suspended until at least 13 December over Omicron fears.

Irish citizens advised to leave Ethiopia 'immediately'
# Irish In Ethiopia
# Irish In Ethiopia

Irish citizens advised to leave Ethiopia 'immediately'

Nov 24th 2021, 4:28 PM 45,579 Views 26 Comments

Ethiopian authorities indicated that the decision was due to Ireland’s position on the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis there

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March
# Document Drop
# Document Drop

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March

Sep 6th 2021, 5:20 PM 44,522 Views 131 Comments
  • Coveney is due back before an Oireachtas committee tomorrow morning and has promised to answer questions on the documents.
  • Texts released today add further detail to the timeline surrounding the planned appointment of Zappone to the UN envoy role.
  • The document dump also includes a text from Zappone in the aftermath of the Merrion-gate controversy.
Three more Irish people evacuated from Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan

Three more Irish people evacuated from Afghanistan

Aug 20th 2021, 2:01 PM 8,874 Views 17 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said that a total of six Irish citizens have now left the country.

Climate activist spared trial over graffiti attack on government building
# Extinction Rebellion
# Extinction Rebellion

Climate activist spared trial over graffiti attack on government building

May 25th 2021, 5:43 PM 16,275 Views 0 Comments

Extinction Rebellion Ireland members staged a protest outside the courthouse in support of Orla Murphy.

Foreign diplomats have avoided prosecution for road traffic offences 12 times in the last two years
# Diplomatic Immunity
# Diplomatic Immunity

Foreign diplomats have avoided prosecution for road traffic offences 12 times in the last two years

May 24th 2021, 12:05 AM 24,821 Views 29 Comments
  • Niall O'Connor's report looks at the amount of times diplomats have escaped traffic fines by using their diplomatic immunity.
  • The foreign embassy staff members were nabbed by gardaí across the country but granted immunity from prosecution.
  • According to documents obtained by The Journal, the Department of Foreign Affairs were notified 17 times either by gardaí or by embassies.
Woman's passport renewal in limbo after a five-month Covid delay, a tech glitch and 'no one to help'
# Passport Office
# Passport Office

Woman's passport renewal in limbo after a five-month Covid delay, a tech glitch and 'no one to help'

May 18th 2021, 3:15 PM 54,334 Views 46 Comments

The Galway woman is planning to leave the country next month, and has waited five months for her 10-year-old son’s passport to be renewed.

Man and woman charged after government building in Dublin city covered in graffiti
# Iveagh House
# Iveagh House

Man and woman charged after government building in Dublin city covered in graffiti

Mar 19th 2021, 9:05 PM 47,657 Views 0 Comments

Graffiti was daubed on the front of Iveagh House, the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, earlier today.

Department of Foreign Affairs dismisses worker for issuing fraudulent passports after five-year paid suspension
# Passports
# Passports

Department of Foreign Affairs dismisses worker for issuing fraudulent passports after five-year paid suspension

Feb 19th 2021, 3:06 PM 52,313 Views 0 Comments

The worker was eventually dismissed in December 2019 after the suspension.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - All time

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%
# Department Of Foreign Affairs
# Department Of Foreign Affairs

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%

Dec 28th 2020, 6:10 AM 18,652 Views 14 Comments

The most popular baby girls’ names were Olivia, Mia and Saoirse, while Noah, Adam and Cillian topped the baby boys’ list.

Minister Simon Coveney calls on Nigerian authorities to investigate violence against protesters
# Lagos
# Lagos

Minister Simon Coveney calls on Nigerian authorities to investigate violence against protesters

Oct 24th 2020, 8:30 AM 17,304 Views 36 Comments

Amnesty International said that at least 12 peaceful protesters were killed in an incident involving the Nigerian army this week.

Government received over 20,000 queries from Irish citizens abroad during Covid-19 pandemic
# Repatriation
# Repatriation

Government received over 20,000 queries from Irish citizens abroad during Covid-19 pandemic

Jul 24th 2020, 12:05 AM 14,607 Views 10 Comments

Irish government spent €890,000 on flights to repatriate citizens from Peru, India and Nigeria this year.

Travel agents warn list 'could invalidate insurance' for flights previously booked to green locations
# Green List
# Green List

Travel agents warn list 'could invalidate insurance' for flights previously booked to green locations

Jul 22nd 2020, 8:37 AM 26,027 Views 53 Comments

The much-anticipated ‘green list’ of countries was published last night.

Medics among 170 Irish citizens travelling from Perth back to Ireland today
# Australia
# Australia

Medics among 170 Irish citizens travelling from Perth back to Ireland today

Mar 26th 2020, 1:31 PM 39,200 Views 33 Comments

There are around 2,000 Irish citizens stranded in 83 countries around the world – most of these are in Australia.

'This eclipses the shutdowns following 9/11': The battle to get 2,000 Irish citizens home
# Stranded Abroad
# Stranded Abroad

'This eclipses the shutdowns following 9/11': The battle to get 2,000 Irish citizens home

Updated Mar 25th 2020, 9:36 PM 56,169 Views 41 Comments

The majority of stranded Irish citizens are in Australia or New Zealand, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Irish citizen stranded in Peru: 'We'll figure out how to get the money for flights home'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Irish citizen stranded in Peru: 'We'll figure out how to get the money for flights home'

Mar 20th 2020, 2:24 PM 24,050 Views 8 Comments

The Irish government is gauging interest from the estimated 100 Irish people on who want to fly home this weekend.

Countries around the world are assessing Covid-19's impact on St Patrick's Day celebrations
# Not Going Green
# Not Going Green

Countries around the world are assessing Covid-19's impact on St Patrick's Day celebrations

Feb 27th 2020, 6:00 AM 34,310 Views 30 Comments

In some countries, St Patrick’s Day events have already been cancelled.

Coronavirus spreads to southern Italy as Switzerland, Austria and Croatia report cases
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Coronavirus spreads to southern Italy as Switzerland, Austria and Croatia report cases

Updated Feb 25th 2020, 3:20 PM 95,418 Views 69 Comments

Here at home the National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting to monitor the situation and advance preparedness plans.

Irish citizens advised to avoid travelling to areas in Italy affected by coronavirus
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Irish citizens advised to avoid travelling to areas in Italy affected by coronavirus

Feb 24th 2020, 11:13 AM 41,267 Views 33 Comments

A fifth person has died from Covid-19 today in Italy.

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