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Passengers start to leave cruise ship in Japan as coronavirus quarantine ends
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Passengers start to leave cruise ship in Japan as coronavirus quarantine ends

Feb 19th 2020, 7:04 AM 12,923 Views 17 Comments

Two Irish citizens who were on the cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus.

Two Irish citizens test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Two Irish citizens test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan

Feb 18th 2020, 4:01 PM 60,944 Views 62 Comments

The couple are understood to have tested positive for Covid-19 a number of days ago.

'Small number' of Irish people on two cruise ships where coronavirus detected, Coveney says
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'Small number' of Irish people on two cruise ships where coronavirus detected, Coveney says

Feb 18th 2020, 9:06 AM 16,983 Views 9 Comments

The Diamond Princess ship docked in Japan has more than 450 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Human-to-human transmission of coronavirus outside China is worrying, says WHO
# Outbreak
# Outbreak

Human-to-human transmission of coronavirus outside China is worrying, says WHO

Updated Jan 29th 2020, 9:50 PM 46,508 Views 69 Comments

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said “there is no evidence to suggest that any Irish citizen has contracted the virus”.

Irish people now advised to avoid entire province of Hubei due to coronavirus
# China
# China

Irish people now advised to avoid entire province of Hubei due to coronavirus

Jan 27th 2020, 2:55 PM 18,328 Views 41 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised people to avoid the province of Hubei.

People have been asking the Irish government what the DeSouza ruling means for them
# Irish Citizenship
# Irish Citizenship

People have been asking the Irish government what the DeSouza ruling means for them

Jan 4th 2020, 8:00 AM 45,038 Views 21 Comments

“This is unacceptable. I don’t want to be a British citizen,” one person who wrote to the Taoiseach argued.

Over 1,700 Irish citizens abroad required help due to arrests, kidnappings and deaths in 2019, figures show
# Crisis Abroad
# Crisis Abroad

Over 1,700 Irish citizens abroad required help due to arrests, kidnappings and deaths in 2019, figures show

Jan 1st 2020, 6:00 AM 10,950 Views 5 Comments

Some citizens required supports during Hong Kong protests and terrorists attacks in Kenya.

Irish officials were worried European leaders would refuse to attend meetings in hotels 
# 1990
# 1990

Irish officials were worried European leaders would refuse to attend meetings in hotels 

Dec 29th 2019, 10:45 AM 25,261 Views 12 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs warned it could cost £2 million to hire private facilities for meetings during Ireland’s EC presidency.

Explainer: What happens next in the Lisa Smith case?
# Garda Questioning
# Garda Questioning

Explainer: What happens next in the Lisa Smith case?

Dec 2nd 2019, 2:35 PM 33,519 Views 80 Comments

How long can she be questioned by gardaí, and is she likely to face charges?

Return of Lisa Smith at a 'very, very sensitive time', says Kehoe
# Repatriated
# Repatriated

Return of Lisa Smith at a 'very, very sensitive time', says Kehoe

Nov 28th 2019, 5:35 PM 27,847 Views 111 Comments

Smith will undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland, it was reported earlier this month.

Passport Service 'closing down avenues' of fraud with over 300 passports revoked since 2016
# Passport Service
# Passport Service

Passport Service 'closing down avenues' of fraud with over 300 passports revoked since 2016

Oct 5th 2019, 7:15 AM 18,329 Views 21 Comments

The Passport Service has invested “substantial resources” in tackling fraud since 2017.

Emails highlight confusion at Dublin City Council over unexpected change to Africa Day
# Farmleigh House
# Farmleigh House

Emails highlight confusion at Dublin City Council over unexpected change to Africa Day

Jul 6th 2019, 7:00 AM 18,629 Views 4 Comments

It added that an offer of funding was made by the Department of Foreign Affairs in March 2019, “at which stage Dublin City Council had finalised the local Africa Day programme”.

Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US
# Letters From America
# Letters From America

Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US

May 18th 2019, 12:05 AM 27,211 Views 123 Comments

Fine Gael voted against the Bill, which passed second stage in the Dáil this year.

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand
# Handle The Pressure
# Handle The Pressure

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand

Apr 22nd 2019, 6:30 AM 36,111 Views 24 Comments

It comes as part of the passport reform programme and, despite the rise in complaints in recent years, Coveney is confident it’ll make a difference.

Ireland revises travel advice to Brunei after harsh sharia laws are implemented
# Anti-lgbt
# Anti-lgbt

Ireland revises travel advice to Brunei after harsh sharia laws are implemented

Apr 6th 2019, 9:30 AM 36,215 Views 128 Comments

The new laws include death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, and amputation of hands and feet for thieves.

Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018
# Ireland Connected
# Ireland Connected

Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018

Mar 9th 2019, 12:05 AM 38,225 Views 69 Comments

Figures obtained under FOI show how each Department spent on St Patrick’s Day last year.

The post-Brexit Irish passport boom in Britain is not slowing down
# EU Passports
# EU Passports

The post-Brexit Irish passport boom in Britain is not slowing down

Dec 31st 2018, 6:00 AM 50,009 Views 46 Comments

Applications for Irish passports in Britain and Northern Ireland made up 22% of all Irish passport applications in 2018.

Irish in Paris urged to take caution and avoid certain areas as city braced for further protests
# DFA
# DFA

Irish in Paris urged to take caution and avoid certain areas as city braced for further protests

Dec 7th 2018, 9:40 PM 24,152 Views 51 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued an advisory to citizens in France.

'Moronic', 'odious', 'vile': How public expressed anger at Tánaiste's claim that Donald Trump is not racist
# FOI
# FOI

'Moronic', 'odious', 'vile': How public expressed anger at Tánaiste's claim that Donald Trump is not racist

Oct 31st 2018, 12:05 AM 45,626 Views 88 Comments

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show how the public reacted to a now-postponed visit by Trump to Ireland.

Parents to be able to renew their children's passports online by end of the year
# Passport Office
# Passport Office

Parents to be able to renew their children's passports online by end of the year

Oct 13th 2018, 7:15 AM 16,849 Views 8 Comments

Significant improvements are planned at the Passport Office.

Return of 119 troops from Syria delayed for two weeks over error in clearance to travel through Lebanon
# UN Peacekeeping
# UN Peacekeeping

Return of 119 troops from Syria delayed for two weeks over error in clearance to travel through Lebanon

Oct 3rd 2018, 4:09 PM 13,461 Views 33 Comments

The issue emerged on Monday morning as the troops were preparing to return from UN peacekeeping.

Irish Malyali community 'in shock' over death of student (20s) following balcony fall in Cyprus
# Cyprus
# Cyprus

Irish Malyali community 'in shock' over death of student (20s) following balcony fall in Cyprus

Sep 28th 2018, 2:51 PM 32,849 Views 6 Comments

The woman is understood to have been killed after she fell from a building at the University of Nicosia in north Cyprus.

Tánaiste orders Department to assist with investigation into beaked whale deaths
# Washed Up
# Washed Up

Tánaiste orders Department to assist with investigation into beaked whale deaths

Sep 15th 2018, 7:15 AM 11,935 Views 10 Comments

Since the beginning of August, a minimum of 19 Cuvier’s beaked whales washed up dead on the Irish coast.

Department accused of wanting to delay report on the cost of a united Ireland until 'after Brexit'
# Border Poll
# Border Poll

Department accused of wanting to delay report on the cost of a united Ireland until 'after Brexit'

Jul 25th 2018, 6:05 AM 38,183 Views 96 Comments

The new research shows that Northern Ireland would have a near balanced budget in a unification situation.

Irish teen dies after falling from hotel balcony in Majorca
# Playa De Muro
# Playa De Muro

Irish teen dies after falling from hotel balcony in Majorca

Jul 19th 2018, 1:14 PM 97,007 Views 24 Comments

It is believed the boy fell up to 20ft from the balcony in a freak accident.

'It's a job like no other': Irish experts who help respond to humanitarian crises
# Rapid Response
# Rapid Response

'It's a job like no other': Irish experts who help respond to humanitarian crises

May 15th 2018, 6:30 PM 11,887 Views 0 Comments

Irish people have responded to emergencies in Iraq, Libya and Africa, to name a few.

Diplomatic immunity to be extended to foreign attendees of Dublin Interpol conference
# Interpol
# Interpol

Diplomatic immunity to be extended to foreign attendees of Dublin Interpol conference

May 6th 2018, 7:00 AM 15,992 Views 16 Comments

Attendees from 50 different countries will be attending the conference in May.

Irish man has charges dropped in exchange for 'reparation' after allegedly groping Argentinian street vendor
# Mendoza
# Mendoza

Irish man has charges dropped in exchange for 'reparation' after allegedly groping Argentinian street vendor

May 6th 2018, 6:00 AM 24,276 Views 0 Comments

The alleged incident involving the 20-year-old Irish man happened last Monday, 30 April, in the city of Mendoza.

‘No justification for this’ - An Irish diplomat is to be expelled from Russia
# Tit For Tat
# Tit For Tat

‘No justification for this’ - An Irish diplomat is to be expelled from Russia

Mar 30th 2018, 3:32 PM 60,286 Views 174 Comments

A spokesperson for Simon Coveney said it is a “regrettable” decision from the Russians.

Irish person injured by car driven into crowd on busy street in Melbourne
# Australia
# Australia

Irish person injured by car driven into crowd on busy street in Melbourne

Dec 21st 2017, 6:31 PM 24,422 Views 57 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.

Green light for €40 million hotel at Stephen's Green despite government department objections
# Security Fears
# Security Fears

Green light for €40 million hotel at Stephen's Green despite government department objections

Dec 11th 2017, 9:14 AM 24,593 Views 16 Comments

The appeals board said that the hotel would not adversely affect the character of the historic buildings nearby.

Bali volcano alert: Government advising Irish citizens as thousands flee homes
# Mount Agung
# Mount Agung

Bali volcano alert: Government advising Irish citizens as thousands flee homes

Nov 27th 2017, 4:54 PM 24,425 Views 16 Comments

Mount Agung has been spewing ash for a number of days.

Broadcaster Chris Donoghue to leave Newstalk for government job alongside Simon Coveney
# Chris Donoghue
# Chris Donoghue

Broadcaster Chris Donoghue to leave Newstalk for government job alongside Simon Coveney

Nov 18th 2017, 10:34 AM 44,358 Views 143 Comments

Donoghue has been a member of the Newstalk roster for 14 years, and was appointed as group political editor for Communicorp less than three months ago.

Irish man in his 60s dies in drowning incident while on holiday in Portugal
# Lisbon
# Lisbon

Irish man in his 60s dies in drowning incident while on holiday in Portugal

Oct 22nd 2017, 8:24 AM 47,023 Views 6 Comments

It’s understood the man got into difficulty while swimming on Friday night.

Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC
# Sneaky Fashion
# Sneaky Fashion

Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC

Oct 18th 2017, 12:05 AM 39,527 Views 88 Comments

A great deal of ire has been directed at the government over the rollout of the card.

Two Irish people have died in Dubai
# United Arab Emirates
# United Arab Emirates

Two Irish people have died in Dubai

Sep 28th 2017, 9:00 PM 96,004 Views 37 Comments

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said it’s providing consular assistance to the family.

Ireland backs UN treaty banning nuclear weapons despite boycott from Nato
# United Nations
# United Nations

Ireland backs UN treaty banning nuclear weapons despite boycott from Nato

Sep 20th 2017, 7:27 PM 9,832 Views 46 Comments

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons today.

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?
# Long Time Coming
# Long Time Coming

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?

Sep 19th 2017, 12:05 AM 19,776 Views 46 Comments

It’s 10 years since Ireland signed the Convention. A decade on, the Republic stands as the only EU country which is yet to ratify it.

Irishman dies in Spanish road crash
# Spain
# Spain

Irishman dies in Spanish road crash

Sep 18th 2017, 9:48 AM 40,237 Views 3 Comments

Spanish authorities are investigating the incident.

Irish government offers support to family of Irish woman in Egypt suicide pact
# Egypt
# Egypt

Irish government offers support to family of Irish woman in Egypt suicide pact

Aug 21st 2017, 5:03 PM 21,545 Views 1 Comment

The couple died by drowning at a villa in the Hurghada area.