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#Department of Foreign Affairs

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 22 January, 2013

Bill Gates to meet with Taoiseach, Tánaiste and President tomorrow
# Bill Gates
# Bill Gates

Bill Gates to meet with Taoiseach, Tánaiste and President tomorrow

Jan 22nd 2013, 9:22 AM 11,056 Views 58 Comments

The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is also reported to be meeting Bono on his visit to Ireland tomorrow.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 7 January, 2013

Uganda repays €4 million in Irish Aid funding that was misappropriated
# Irish Aid
# Irish Aid

Uganda repays €4 million in Irish Aid funding that was misappropriated

Jan 7th 2013, 5:09 PM 6,958 Views 71 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Ian McKeever: Taoiseach's message of condolence recalls 'passionate' adventurer
# Tributes
# Tributes

Ian McKeever: Taoiseach's message of condolence recalls 'passionate' adventurer

Jan 3rd 2013, 1:23 PM 7,019 Views 10 Comments

Enda Kenny said McKeever was a passionate adventurer who was “driven in his belief that everybody can achieve their potential”.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Irish tourist dies after balcony fall in the Canaries
# Death
# Death

Irish tourist dies after balcony fall in the Canaries

Jan 2nd 2013, 2:16 PM 22,705 Views 11 Comments

The man in his 40s fell from a balcony in the apartment he was staying in on the island of Tenerife.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 30 December, 2012

Tánaiste confirms deaths of 194 Irish citizens abroad this year
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

Tánaiste confirms deaths of 194 Irish citizens abroad this year

Dec 30th 2012, 12:54 PM 8,898 Views 18 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs said almost 1,500 Irish citizens received consular assistance over the past 12 months.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 28 December, 2012

1982: Haughey, America and "The Troubles"
# 1982
# 1982

1982: Haughey, America and "The Troubles"

Dec 28th 2012, 7:30 AM 4,705 Views 3 Comments

Newly released documents show Ireland’s attempts to engage American President Ronald Reagan on Northern Ireland and to counter British propaganda.

After Falklands invasion, Thatcher sought Haughey’s ‘urgent help’
# Falklands
# Falklands

After Falklands invasion, Thatcher sought Haughey’s ‘urgent help’

Dec 28th 2012, 6:31 AM 8,795 Views 21 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 28 October, 2012

Ugandan prime minister: 'I didn't receive misappropriated Irish money'
# Irish Aid
# Irish Aid

Ugandan prime minister: 'I didn't receive misappropriated Irish money'

Oct 28th 2012, 2:37 PM 6,895 Views 44 Comments

Amama Mbabazi says while some Irish funds were “fraudulently paid to private accounts”, some was used for its intended aims.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 26 October, 2012

Poll: Should Ireland distribute foreign aid while it is in a bailout?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Ireland distribute foreign aid while it is in a bailout?

Oct 26th 2012, 10:01 AM 14,769 Views 167 Comments

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?

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 25 October, 2012

Ireland suspends aid to Uganda after report suggests €4m fraud
# Irish Aid
# Irish Aid

Ireland suspends aid to Uganda after report suggests €4m fraud

Oct 25th 2012, 6:15 PM 7,973 Views 82 Comments

Eamon Gilmore has launched an immediate investigation amid suggestions the office of the Prime Minister misappropriated funds.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 21 October, 2012

Automatic service would remind people when their passport is expiring
# Passport
# Passport

Automatic service would remind people when their passport is expiring

Oct 21st 2012, 12:01 PM 7,784 Views 45 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Ireland to promote EU presidency with branded ties and scarves
# Eu Presidency
# Eu Presidency

Ireland to promote EU presidency with branded ties and scarves

Oct 17th 2012, 7:15 AM 5,828 Views 53 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs will offer branded ties and scarves as ‘promotional mementoes’ for the European Council presidency.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 24 September, 2012

Embassy expenditure down almost €1.6m last year
# Embassy
# Embassy

Embassy expenditure down almost €1.6m last year

Sep 24th 2012, 4:11 PM 3,847 Views 10 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 10 September, 2012

DFA providing consular assistance after Irishman drowns in Croatia
# Death
# Death

DFA providing consular assistance after Irishman drowns in Croatia

Sep 10th 2012, 9:07 PM 10,059 Views 2 Comments

The 28-year-old Irishman had been attending a music festival in the city of Pula.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 6 September, 2012

Travelling Irish soccer fans warned of Kazakhstan's terrorism risk
# Kazakhstan
# Kazakhstan

Travelling Irish soccer fans warned of Kazakhstan's terrorism risk

Sep 6th 2012, 1:16 PM 6,314 Views 24 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs says soccer fans should be “aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terror attacks”.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 2 September, 2012

Costello attends funeral of late Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi
# Ethiopia
# Ethiopia

Costello attends funeral of late Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi

Sep 2nd 2012, 7:30 AM 3,082 Views 6 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 31 August, 2012

Syrian refugees tell of "indiscriminate violence"
# Syria
# Syria

Syrian refugees tell of "indiscriminate violence"

Aug 31st 2012, 7:15 AM 1,912 Views 14 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 30 August, 2012

Irish backpackers remain in serious condition in Australian hospital
# Hammer Attack
# Hammer Attack

Irish backpackers remain in serious condition in Australian hospital

Aug 30th 2012, 10:51 AM 8,322 Views 8 Comments

The two men were seriously injured during an assault at a boarding house in Melbourne.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 25 August, 2012

Costello to announce increase in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees
# Syria
# Syria

Costello to announce increase in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees

Aug 25th 2012, 11:32 AM 2,269 Views 25 Comments

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.

Body of Irishman shot dead in Nigeria to be repatriated next week
# Nigeria
# Nigeria

Body of Irishman shot dead in Nigeria to be repatriated next week

Aug 25th 2012, 10:52 AM 5,781 Views 4 Comments

Robert Gray was shot dead in the east of the country on Thursday. He was originally from Westport in Co Mayo.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 22 July, 2012

Have you checked your passport lately?
# Passport
# Passport

Have you checked your passport lately?

Jul 22nd 2012, 7:30 AM 16,417 Views 26 Comments

We’re all going on our summer holidays….. IF your passport is in date. You’re being urged to check before you travel.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Over €1m spent on sending children of Irish diplomats to school
# School Fees
# School Fees

Over €1m spent on sending children of Irish diplomats to school

Jul 19th 2012, 6:45 AM 6,211 Views 22 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 10 July, 2012

Ireland not invited to world summit on family planning
# Snubbed
# Snubbed

Ireland not invited to world summit on family planning

Jul 10th 2012, 6:30 AM 6,622 Views 15 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

James Nolan: Parents of Irish student missing in Poland make appeal
# Missing
# Missing

James Nolan: Parents of Irish student missing in Poland make appeal

Jun 19th 2012, 7:44 AM 11,405 Views 14 Comments

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.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 13 May, 2012

Passport office getting average of 250 applications a day
# Passport
# Passport

Passport office getting average of 250 applications a day

May 13th 2012, 5:14 PM 9,088 Views 27 Comments

Demand rules out any chance of an on-the-spot services for new passports, says Tánaiste.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Department says it received two emails in relation to 'Kony 2012' campaign
# Kony 2012
# Kony 2012

Department says it received two emails in relation to 'Kony 2012' campaign

Apr 24th 2012, 7:00 AM 4,904 Views 6 Comments

The campaign to bring the alleged Ugandan warlord to justice was not the subject of any mass lobbying in Ireland.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 23 April, 2012

Over €7m spent on consultants since government took office
# Consultants
# Consultants

Over €7m spent on consultants since government took office

Apr 23rd 2012, 8:23 AM 1,996 Views 26 Comments

Figures disclosed in parliamentary questions last week reveal the expenditure on consultancy services by the government since last year.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 23 March, 2012

Irishman dies in Venezuela
# Venezuela
# Venezuela

Irishman dies in Venezuela

Mar 23rd 2012, 9:31 AM 3,659 Views 17 Comments

The death occurred after a suspected drug-smuggling attempt went wrong.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Body taken from Melbourne river in search for Irish tourist
# Body Find
# Body Find

Body taken from Melbourne river in search for Irish tourist

Feb 21st 2012, 5:28 PM 6,494 Views 14 Comments

Divers have recovered a body in the Australian city, after a man believed to be from Ireland went missing in the river.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 3 February, 2012

Government has 'no immediate plans' to review Vatican embassy closure
# Vatican Embassy
# Vatican Embassy

Government has 'no immediate plans' to review Vatican embassy closure

Feb 3rd 2012, 10:33 AM 1,158 Views 13 Comments

Fine Gael TDs have called for the decision to close the Irish embassy in the Vatican to be reviewed.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

Irishman, 28, drowns in swimming accident in Perth
# Australia
# Australia

Irishman, 28, drowns in swimming accident in Perth

Jan 24th 2012, 5:37 PM 11,153 Views 22 Comments

The Irish man, understood to be from Co Tipperary, was swimming with friends when he was pulled out to sea.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 19 January, 2012

Children in Mexican adoption scam show signs of sexual abuse
# Child Abuse
# Child Abuse

Children in Mexican adoption scam show signs of sexual abuse

Jan 19th 2012, 10:29 AM 3,662 Views 4 Comments

Eleven Irish couples have been innocently embroiled in the apparent child-trafficking ring as they believed it was a legitimate adoption process.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Irishman dies and another injured in French Alps crash
# French Alps
# French Alps

Irishman dies and another injured in French Alps crash

Jan 17th 2012, 7:34 AM 3,321 Views 3 Comments

A 40-year-old seasonal worker died in the crash over the weekend.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Irishman dies on adventure trip in Peru
# RIP
# RIP

Irishman dies on adventure trip in Peru

Jan 10th 2012, 8:43 AM 4,013 Views 1 Comment

Peter Buckley was participating in a mototaxi junket when his vehicle came off a muddy road and fell into a 500 foot abyss.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 23 December, 2011

More than 1,000 people still missing after Philippines floods
# Typhoon Washi
# Typhoon Washi

More than 1,000 people still missing after Philippines floods

Dec 23rd 2011, 2:07 PM 742 Views 0 Comments

Meanwhile, the Government has issued an appeal for over US$28 million to help victims of the storm.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan appointed ‘super-junior’ minister
# Appointments
# Appointments

Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan appointed ‘super-junior’ minister

Dec 20th 2011, 3:20 PM 3,048 Views 27 Comments

O’Sullivan succeeds Willie Penrose as Housing Minister, while veteran Joe Costello is given her old job at Foreign Affairs.

Poll: Should Ireland send a message of sympathy to North Korea?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Ireland send a message of sympathy to North Korea?

Dec 20th 2011, 11:36 AM 6,029 Views 85 Comments

Ireland has no plans to send its condolences to North Korea on the passing of Kim Jong Il. Should we send formal sympathy?

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 19 December, 2011

A closer look: the links between Ireland and North Korea
# North Korea
# North Korea

A closer look: the links between Ireland and North Korea

Dec 19th 2011, 3:52 PM 19,561 Views 18 Comments

We take a brief look at the closer bilateral ties between Ireland and North Korea – and the attention given to us over there.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 16 December, 2011

Irishman, 24, killed in Australian gas explosion
# Australia
# Australia

Irishman, 24, killed in Australian gas explosion

Dec 16th 2011, 11:01 AM 3,707 Views 4 Comments

An Irish refrigeration mechanic is killed when a gas bottle explodes in his work van in the Australian city of Darwin.