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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 0°C

# Department of Foreign Affairs

All time
# Australia
Irishman, 21, stabbed in western Australia
The man is said to be in a critical condition. The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is providing consular assistance.
# Bill Gates
Bill Gates to meet with Taoiseach, Tánaiste and President tomorrow
The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is also reported to be meeting Bono on his visit to Ireland tomorrow.
# Irish Aid
Uganda repays €4 million in Irish Aid funding that was misappropriated
The money has been handed back after it emerged last year that it had been misappropriated by officials in the Ugandan Prime Minister’s office.
# tributes
Ian McKeever: Taoiseach's message of condolence recalls 'passionate' adventurer
Enda Kenny said McKeever was a passionate adventurer who was “driven in his belief that everybody can achieve their potential”.
# Death
Irish tourist dies after balcony fall in the Canaries
The man in his 40s fell from a balcony in the apartment he was staying in on the island of Tenerife.
# Irish Abroad
Tánaiste confirms deaths of 194 Irish citizens abroad this year
The Department of Foreign Affairs said almost 1,500 Irish citizens received consular assistance over the past 12 months.
# 1982
1982: Haughey, America and "The Troubles"
Newly released documents show Ireland’s attempts to engage American President Ronald Reagan on Northern Ireland and to counter British propaganda.
# falklands
After Falklands invasion, Thatcher sought Haughey’s ‘urgent help’
Suggestions that Ireland would not support British efforts to ostracise Argentina after its invasion of the Falklands in April 1982 were met with warnings from diplomats in London.
# Irish Aid
Ugandan prime minister: 'I didn't receive misappropriated Irish money'
Amama Mbabazi says while some Irish funds were “fraudulently paid to private accounts”, some was used for its intended aims.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland distribute foreign aid while it is in a bailout?
With the government suspending aid to Uganda yesterday, we’re asking should Ireland be distributing foreign aid while still under the terms of a bailout?
# Irish Aid
Ireland suspends aid to Uganda after report suggests €4m fraud
Eamon Gilmore has launched an immediate investigation amid suggestions the office of the Prime Minister misappropriated funds.
# Passport
Automatic service would remind people when their passport is expiring
The Passport Service is looking at the possibility of implementing an automatic reminder service that would alert passport holders by text or email that their document is due for renewal.
# eu presidency
Ireland to promote EU presidency with branded ties and scarves
The Department of Foreign Affairs will offer branded ties and scarves as ‘promotional mementoes’ for the European Council presidency.
# embassy
Embassy expenditure down almost €1.6m last year
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore also said the decision to close the Vatican embassy will not be reversed in the immediate term.
# Death
DFA providing consular assistance after Irishman drowns in Croatia
The 28-year-old Irishman had been attending a music festival in the city of Pula.
# Kazakhstan
Travelling Irish soccer fans warned of Kazakhstan's terrorism risk
The Department of Foreign Affairs says soccer fans should be “aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terror attacks”.
# Ethiopia
Costello attends funeral of late Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi
The Minister of State for Trade and Development is in Ethiopia today to offer his condolences to the late Prime Minister who had been in power for nearly two decades before he died last month.
# Syria
Syrian refugees tell of "indiscriminate violence"
Joe Costello, Minister of State for Trade and Development, relates the dire tales of massacre and suffering told to him by Syrian refugees when he visited them in Jordan this week.
# Hammer Attack
Irish backpackers remain in serious condition in Australian hospital
The two men were seriously injured during an assault at a boarding house in Melbourne.
# Syria
Costello to announce increase in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees
The junior foreign minister will visit a refugee camp in Jordan this week where it’s expected he will announce a significant increase in humanitarian aid for people displaced by the civil war.
# Nigeria
Body of Irishman shot dead in Nigeria to be repatriated next week
Robert Gray was shot dead in the east of the country on Thursday. He was originally from Westport in Co Mayo.
# Passport
Have you checked your passport lately?
We’re all going on our summer holidays….. IF your passport is in date. You’re being urged to check before you travel.
# School fees
Over €1m spent on sending children of Irish diplomats to school
The cost will rise this year but in over a third of Irish foreign posts there are no children in education paid for by the State.
# Snubbed
Ireland not invited to world summit on family planning
The British Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did not extend an invite to Ireland for this week’s London Family Planning Summit.
# Missing
James Nolan: Parents of Irish student missing in Poland make appeal
The parents of 21-year-old Irish student James Nolan, who went missing in Poland on Saturday, have made an appeal for help in locating him.
# Passport
Passport office getting average of 250 applications a day
Demand rules out any chance of an on-the-spot services for new passports, says Tánaiste.
# Kony 2012
Department says it received two emails in relation to 'Kony 2012' campaign
The campaign to bring the alleged Ugandan warlord to justice was not the subject of any mass lobbying in Ireland.
# Consultants
Over €7m spent on consultants since government took office
Figures disclosed in parliamentary questions last week reveal the expenditure on consultancy services by the government since last year.
# Venezuela
Irishman dies in Venezuela
The death occurred after a suspected drug-smuggling attempt went wrong.
# body find
Body taken from Melbourne river in search for Irish tourist
Divers have recovered a body in the Australian city, after a man believed to be from Ireland went missing in the river.
# Vatican Embassy
Government has 'no immediate plans' to review Vatican embassy closure
Fine Gael TDs have called for the decision to close the Irish embassy in the Vatican to be reviewed.
# Australia
Irishman, 28, drowns in swimming accident in Perth
The Irish man, understood to be from Co Tipperary, was swimming with friends when he was pulled out to sea.
# Child Abuse
Children in Mexican adoption scam show signs of sexual abuse
Eleven Irish couples have been innocently embroiled in the apparent child-trafficking ring as they believed it was a legitimate adoption process.
# French Alps
Irishman dies and another injured in French Alps crash
A 40-year-old seasonal worker died in the crash over the weekend.
# RIP
Irishman dies on adventure trip in Peru
Peter Buckley was participating in a mototaxi junket when his vehicle came off a muddy road and fell into a 500 foot abyss.
# Typhoon Washi
More than 1,000 people still missing after Philippines floods
Meanwhile, the Government has issued an appeal for over US$28 million to help victims of the storm.
# Appointments
Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan appointed ‘super-junior’ minister
O’Sullivan succeeds Willie Penrose as Housing Minister, while veteran Joe Costello is given her old job at Foreign Affairs.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland send a message of sympathy to North Korea?
Ireland has no plans to send its condolences to North Korea on the passing of Kim Jong Il. Should we send formal sympathy?
# North Korea
A closer look: the links between Ireland and North Korea
We take a brief look at the closer bilateral ties between Ireland and North Korea – and the attention given to us over there.