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# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 27 January, 2020

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 18,296 Views 41 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 4 January, 2020

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 45,023 Views 21 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 1 January, 2020

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 10,931 Views 5 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 29 December, 2019

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 25,233 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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 2 December, 2019

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 33,500 Views 80 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 28 November, 2019

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 27,831 Views 111 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 5 October, 2019

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 18,312 Views 21 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 6 July, 2019

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 18,621 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”.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 18 May, 2019

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 27,184 Views 123 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 22 April, 2019

€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 36,095 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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 6 April, 2019

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 36,206 Views 128 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 9 March, 2019

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 38,154 Views 69 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 31 December, 2018

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 49,991 Views 46 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 7 December, 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 24,144 Views 63 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

'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 45,611 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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 13 October, 2018

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 16,836 Views 8 Comments

Significant improvements are planned at the Passport Office.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 3 October, 2018

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 13,447 Views 33 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 28 September, 2018

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 32,831 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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 15 September, 2018

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 11,932 Views 10 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 25 July, 2018

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 38,164 Views 96 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 19 July, 2018

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 96,968 Views 24 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 15 May, 2018

'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 11,871 Views 0 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 6 May, 2018

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 15,976 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 24,261 Views 0 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 30 March, 2018

‘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 60,270 Views 172 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 21 December, 2017

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 24,411 Views 57 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 11 December, 2017

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 24,576 Views 16 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 27 November, 2017

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 24,404 Views 12 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 18 November, 2017

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 44,276 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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 22 October, 2017

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 47,003 Views 6 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

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 39,510 Views 88 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 28 September, 2017

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 95,995 Views 37 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 20 September, 2017

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 9,813 Views 46 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 19 September, 2017

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 19,705 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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 18 September, 2017

Irishman dies in Spanish road crash
# Spain
# Spain

Irishman dies in Spanish road crash

Sep 18th 2017, 9:48 AM 40,224 Views 3 Comments

Spanish authorities are investigating the incident.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 21 August, 2017

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 21,531 Views 1 Comment

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 11 August, 2017

Former Console bosses asked to repay grants worth €150,000
# Suicide Prevention
# Suicide Prevention

Former Console bosses asked to repay grants worth €150,000

Aug 11th 2017, 10:46 AM 23,501 Views 0 Comments

The charity, which was liquidated last year, received the money to provide counselling services for Irish emigrants in the UK.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 2 August, 2017

Venezuelans in Ireland want the Irish government to speak up against Maduro
# Sanctions
# Sanctions

Venezuelans in Ireland want the Irish government to speak up against Maduro

Aug 2nd 2017, 6:20 AM 9,008 Views 49 Comments

“It’s becoming more and more difficult to find food, medicines and basic household groceries.”

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 11 July, 2017

Netanyahu posts criticism of 'Ireland's traditional stance' on Facebook after Coveney meeting
# Conflict
# Conflict

Netanyahu posts criticism of 'Ireland's traditional stance' on Facebook after Coveney meeting

Jul 11th 2017, 2:28 PM 36,445 Views 121 Comments

Coveney said it was a good “straight talking meeting”.

Irishman critical after falling from construction site in Australia
# Brisbane
# Brisbane

Irishman critical after falling from construction site in Australia

Jul 11th 2017, 2:24 PM 23,450 Views 2 Comments

The man was resuscitated by colleagues after falling 20 metres onto concrete.