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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Department of Foreign Affairs

All time
# wine-no
Remember all that posh wine the Government is trying to sell? No one wants it
One only merchant made an offer for the wine this year.
# potential genocide
Ireland will take in a small number of families fleeing the violence in Iraq
As much as €500,000 in emergency funding will also be provided to organisations working in the area.
# Gaza
'Not sitting on the fence': How the government wants backbenchers to explain Ireland's UN abstention
Charlie Flanagan issued advice to government TDs and Senators to deal with queries over Ireland’s controversial decision to abstain from a UN vote on Gaza.
# Demonstration
Medical workers in scrubs to protest at ‘die-in’ Gaza protest in Dublin
The medical workers want the Irish Government to condemn attacks on medical workers, hospitals and ambulances in Gaza.
# Indonesia
The family of a previously unidentified injured Irishman in Bali have been contacted
A Facebook campaign was launched to identify the man.
# Australia
Irishman who pleaded guilty to Melbourne hotel damage found dead
29-year-old Padraig Gaffney had said that the court case had “ruined his life”.
# you're hired
Ireland is reopening its Vatican Embassy, here's the new Ambassador...
Emma Madigan will be in charge of Ireland’s slimmed down presence in the Holy See.
# Washington
Irishman appointed as EU ambassador to the United States
David O’Sullivan previously worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs.
# Passport
The Passport Service have set up a Twitter for all your, eh, passport questions
Sure why not?
# China
23-year-old Irish man found dead in China
The 23-year-old had been working in China when he went missing on Monday night.
# Investment
Tánaiste announces €600k grant for planned €5m redevelopment of London GAA headquarters
The new project was launched today in Croke Park.
# Not all Ferrero Rocher
Irish embassies employ 21 full-time cooks, but our ambassadors are 'often acting like janitors'
The Public Accounts Committee has also heard details of how over €21 million in allowances is distributed among over 300 Irish officials serving abroad.
# Irish Aid
'Not appropriate' to cut Irish aid to Uganda over anti-gay laws
The Department of Foreign Affairs has argued that aid to the country is going to directly assist some of the poorest people in the world and that it’s a matter of educating people.
# Holy See
'We genuinely closed the Vatican embassy for cost reasons... but no one believes us'
Department of Foreign Affairs officials have been discussing the still-controversial closure of the Vatican embassy 26 months ago. It has since been decided to reopen it.
# tensions
Enda Kenny: Yes, the Irish government knew about Hyde Park bomb deal
The Taoiseach said there was a “degree of sensitivity” surrounding the issuing of letters to IRA suspects guaranteeing they wouldn’t be prosecuted.
# Oireachtas agenda
Rehab, us and the EU and Scottish independence...Everything going on in Leinster House today
Last day of the week in the Dáil. But what have they got planned?
# Citizens
Increase of 5 per cent in people using Passport Express
A total of 631,186 passports were issued in 2013 – and 5 per cent more people used Passport Express.
# Irish Abroad
Big jump in the number of Irish people getting married abroad
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Italy was the most popular destination.
# typhoon haiyan
Ireland sends €120k more aid to Philippines
The 16 tonnes of supplies are being sent from Irish Aid’s stocks in Malaysia.
# John Walsh
Irish father killed in freak golf course accident in China
John Walsh, who was 39, had been working as ‘Lead Shaper’ at the Happy Valley club near Beijing since May.
# United States
Young Irish man dies suddenly in Las Vegas
The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the man’s family.
# hiring
Graduates face tough recruitment process for jobs in Gilmore's department
Applicants will face numerous tests and interviews in order to bag one of the ten positions.
# Greece
Irish embassy 'made contact with Greek police' over detention of Irishwoman's husband
Mark Marku has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in connection with a number of armed robberies.
# Twitter
Department of Foreign Affairs operates 25 embassy Twitter accounts
The department also has two embassy Facebook accounts – for Sydney and New Dehli.
# On the Move
Dublin's Passport Office to move next year
New offices in Dublin city centre are being sought by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
# Westgate Mall
Kenyan forces storm shopping mall in ‘final’ assault on militants
It comes as the Red Cross revises down the death toll to 62. The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued an updated warning for Irish nationals.
# Egypt
"I hope that the Halawas will be home soon" - Eamon Gilmore
The Tánaiste says that the four Halawa siblings are receiving the same treatment that any Irish citizen would receive.
# Arrested
Irish TV producer detained by police in Egypt
Russ Finn was working for broadcaster Al-Jazeera in Cairo. He has been held since Tuesday when he was arrested along with two colleagues.
# Halawa Siblings
‘They are in good spirits’: Irish official visits Halawa siblings in Cairo jail
The four Irish citizens continue to be detained in the Egyptian capital but have now been visited by an Irish consular official.
# Egypt
Irish women reportedly arrested after Cairo mosque stand-off
The Department of Foreign Affairs has been in contact with Egyptian authorities to try to secure their safety.
# volunteering
Minister encourages retired public servants ‘twiddling their thumbs’ to volunteer abroad
Minister of State Joe Costello told TheJournal.ie that his department plans to launch a new civilian volunteer corps later this year.
# RIP
Irish woman, 25, found dead in bed in Singapore
Orla Daly originally from Clontarf, Dublin was living and working in Queenstown, Singapore.
# Spain
77 dead, 143 injured in rail crash - "no indications" any Irish citizens were on board
Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore says the situation is “still developing”, but that there are no reports of any Irish citizens caught up in the tragedy.
# Costa del Sol
Irish mother and daughter dead in suspected murder-suicide in Spain
A family of three were found dead in an apartment in the southern Spanish town of Mijas yesterday evening
# Wikileaks
Mystery over ‘hijacking incident at Dublin Airport’ 37 years ago
A Wikileaks cable contains limited information about an apparent hijacking incident at Dublin Airport in December 1976 but there are few other details about the event.
# Eamon Gilmore
Gilmore kicks off St Patrick's Day programme with trip to Atlanta, Georgia
The Minister for Foreign Affairs is also set to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama during his trip.
# Mozambique
Police in Mozambique investigate death of Irishman William Deasy
The Cork man is reported to have died while working for Kentz Engineering in the north east of the country.
# Australia
Irishman dies following stabbing in Australia
The Department of Foreign Affairs said a number of family members will now be travelling to Perth.
# Australia
Man appears in court over stabbing of Irishman in Perth
The 21-year-old victim is reported to originally be from Wexford and living in western Australia for the last several years.