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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Department of Foreign Affairs

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# Covid-19
Irish citizens advised to avoid travelling to areas in Italy affected by coronavirus
A fifth person has died from Covid-19 today in Italy.
# Covid-19
Passengers start to leave cruise ship in Japan as coronavirus quarantine ends
Two Irish citizens who were on the cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus.
# Covid-19
Two Irish citizens test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan
The couple are understood to have tested positive for Covid-19 a number of days ago.
# Covid-19
'Small number' of Irish people on two cruise ships where coronavirus detected, Coveney says
The Diamond Princess ship docked in Japan has more than 450 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
# Outbreak
Human-to-human transmission of coronavirus outside China is worrying, says WHO
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said “there is no evidence to suggest that any Irish citizen has contracted the virus”.
# China
Irish people now advised to avoid entire province of Hubei due to coronavirus
The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised people to avoid the province of Hubei.
# irish citizenship
People have been asking the Irish government what the DeSouza ruling means for them
“This is unacceptable. I don’t want to be a British citizen,” one person who wrote to the Taoiseach argued.
# crisis abroad
Over 1,700 Irish citizens abroad required help due to arrests, kidnappings and deaths in 2019, figures show
Some citizens required supports during Hong Kong protests and terrorists attacks in Kenya.
# 1990
Irish officials were worried European leaders would refuse to attend meetings in hotels 
The Department of Foreign Affairs warned it could cost £2 million to hire private facilities for meetings during Ireland’s EC presidency.
# garda questioning
Explainer: What happens next in the Lisa Smith case?
How long can she be questioned by gardaí, and is she likely to face charges?
# repatriated
Return of Lisa Smith at a 'very, very sensitive time', says Kehoe
Smith will undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland, it was reported earlier this month.
# Passport Service
Passport Service 'closing down avenues' of fraud with over 300 passports revoked since 2016
The Passport Service has invested “substantial resources” in tackling fraud since 2017.
# Farmleigh House
Emails highlight confusion at Dublin City Council over unexpected change to Africa Day
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”.
# letters from america
Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US
Fine Gael voted against the Bill, which passed second stage in the Dáil this year.
# handle the pressure
€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand
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.
# anti-lgbt
Ireland revises travel advice to Brunei after harsh sharia laws are implemented
The new laws include death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, and amputation of hands and feet for thieves.
# Ireland connected
Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018
Figures obtained under FOI show how each Department spent on St Patrick’s Day last year.
# EU passports
The post-Brexit Irish passport boom in Britain is not slowing down
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
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
Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show how the public reacted to a now-postponed visit by Trump to Ireland.
# Passport Office
Parents to be able to renew their children's passports online by end of the year
Significant improvements are planned at the Passport Office.
# UN peacekeeping
Return of 119 troops from Syria delayed for two weeks over error in clearance to travel through Lebanon
The issue emerged on Monday morning as the troops were preparing to return from UN peacekeeping.
# Cyprus
Irish Malyali community 'in shock' over death of student (20s) following balcony fall in Cyprus
The woman is understood to have been killed after she fell from a building at the University of Nicosia in north Cyprus.
# washed up
Tánaiste orders Department to assist with investigation into beaked whale deaths
Since the beginning of August, a minimum of 19 Cuvier’s beaked whales washed up dead on the Irish coast.
# Border poll
Department accused of wanting to delay report on the cost of a united Ireland until 'after Brexit'
The new research shows that Northern Ireland would have a near balanced budget in a unification situation.
# playa de muro
Irish teen dies after falling from hotel balcony in Majorca
It is believed the boy fell up to 20ft from the balcony in a freak accident.
# rapid response
'It's a job like no other': Irish experts who help respond to humanitarian crises
Irish people have responded to emergencies in Iraq, Libya and Africa, to name a few.
# Interpol
Diplomatic immunity to be extended to foreign attendees of Dublin Interpol conference
Attendees from 50 different countries will be attending the conference in May.
# mendoza
Irish man has charges dropped in exchange for 'reparation' after allegedly groping Argentinian street vendor
The alleged incident involving the 20-year-old Irish man happened last Monday, 30 April, in the city of Mendoza.
# Tit for tat
‘No justification for this’ - An Irish diplomat is to be expelled from Russia
A spokesperson for Simon Coveney said it is a “regrettable” decision from the Russians.
# Australia
Irish person injured by car driven into crowd on busy street in Melbourne
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.
# security fears
Green light for €40 million hotel at Stephen's Green despite government department objections
The appeals board said that the hotel would not adversely affect the character of the historic buildings nearby.
# Mount Agung
Bali volcano alert: Government advising Irish citizens as thousands flee homes
Mount Agung has been spewing ash for a number of days.
# Chris Donoghue
Broadcaster Chris Donoghue to leave Newstalk for government job alongside Simon Coveney
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.
# Lisbon
Irish man in his 60s dies in drowning incident while on holiday in Portugal
It’s understood the man got into difficulty while swimming on Friday night.
# Sneaky fashion
Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC
A great deal of ire has been directed at the government over the rollout of the card.
# United Arab Emirates
Two Irish people have died in Dubai
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said it’s providing consular assistance to the family.
# United Nations
Ireland backs UN treaty banning nuclear weapons despite boycott from Nato
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons today.
# Long Time Coming
FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?
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.
# Spain
Irishman dies in Spanish road crash
Spanish authorities are investigating the incident.