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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Department of Foreign Affairs

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# 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.
# Australia
Irishman, 24, killed in Australian gas explosion
An Irish refrigeration mechanic is killed when a gas bottle explodes in his work van in the Australian city of Darwin.
# Vatican
Vatican confirms appointment of new Papal Nuncio to Ireland
Charles J Brown will take up residence in Ireland in a move seen as an attempt by the Vatican to patch up relations with Ireland.
# Shannon
Shannon Airport could become international 'humanitarian hub'
The Government has commissioned a feasibility study on developing the airport as a centre for international aid.
# Netherlands
Irishman killed in car accident at Dutch campsite
The 38-year-old was accidentally crushed in his car while parking at the site in Limburg on Sunday afternoon.
# Thailand
In pictures: More Bangkok residents urged to leave city as flooding worsens
Although floodwaters are receding in other parts of the country, residents in the capital are being warned of further problems.
# Gaza
Nine remaining Gaza activists expected back in Ireland today
It follows yesterday’s confusion which saw only five of the seven activists due to fly home actually landing in Dublin late last night.
# Gaza
DFA lodges complaint after seven Gaza activists miss flight home
Half of the 14 Irish activists detained last week were due to home today but missed their flight.
# Gaza
Gaza activists set to return to Ireland after Israeli detention ends
Arrangements are being made for the 14 Irish activists who were on a solidarity mission to the Gaza Strip to return home.
# Diplomatic Relations
Eleven new ambassadors nominated by the government
The Department of Foreign Affairs has announced a major reshuffle of Irish ambassadors to European and Asian countries.
# Aid
Ireland sends €300,000 in aid to Turkish quake victims
Sunday’s 7.2-mag earthquake killed hundreds and left thousands homeless or reluctant to return to their damaged properties.
# Poland
Man arrested in Poland over rape of Irish woman
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to a young Irish woman who was beaten and raped after attending a conference in Poland.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
In tonight’s Fix: Martin McGuinness discusses his IRA past; who will Fianna Fáil be backing for the Áras; and what it’s like to fly over the world.
# Brazil
Irish man charged with drug smuggling at Brazil airport
An image has been released of 72 cocaine packages allegedly inside the man’s stomach.
# May Assad Monaghan
Six-year-old Irish girl abducted and brought to Syria
Six-year-old May Assad Monaghan was taken by her father from Cyprus on Wednesday and brought to Syria. He is demanding that her Irish mother travel to Syria to live with them.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland support Palestine's bid for full UN membership?
Ireland won’t decide how to vote on Palestine’s application until the wording is finalised. How do you think Ireland should vote?
# Palestine
Ireland undecided on Palestinian bid for full UN membership
The government won’t decide on a response to Palestine’s call for statehood until a formal wording is published, a spokesman says.
# Libya
Ireland contributes €100k to emergency medical supplies for Tripoli
Serious medical supply and staff shortages have left Tripoli hospitals unable to cope with the level of casualties from the Libyan conflict.
# Hurricane Irene
Department of Foreign Affairs advises against travel to Bahamas
A travel advisory warns against all non-essential travel to the Bahamas, with Hurricane Irene set to hit within 48 hours.
# Fake Passports
Government officials intervene as Irish J1 students warned over faked passport ploy
Students under 21 are warned not to doctor their passports, after a number of Irish are caught falsifying their documents.
# Diplomacy
Diplomacy isn’t free: what Ireland’s 75 embassies cost us last year
Oireachtas figures reveal the overall cost of operating Ireland’s embassies and consulates overseas.
# Australia
Irishman fighting for his life after Canberra assault
The Department of Foreign Affairs is offering consular assistance to the family of the injured 41-year-old Irishman.
# flytilla
Irish woman held in Israel over 'flytilla' protest
Dee Murphy was “handcuffed and shackled” on arrival at Tel Aviv airport, according to reports.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Friday
The world is ending tomorrow (we’re told) so here it is: the last ever wrap-up of the day’s news.
# Air France
Mother awaits news of Irish victim in Air France crash
Irish officials in Paris are in contact with the airline in the hope of recovering the bodies of the two Irish victims who were never found.
# Japan
Department dismisses Fianna Fáil criticism of "hands-off" Gilmore
Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins says Irish citizens in Tokyo have been forced to turn to other embassies seeking advice.
# Japan Earthquake
Massive Japanese quake causes day to shorten slightly
The earth’s rotation sped up by over a microsecond because of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.
# Japan Earthquake
Taoiseach offers condolences and pledges assistance to victims of Japanese earthquake
The minister for trade and development has said that Ireland is standing by to provide assistance.
# Japan Earthquake
Stock and oil prices react to Japan's earthquake and tsunami disasters
Stocks rose but oil prices fell in response to the terrible events in the Pacific.
# Japan Earthquake
Japan latest: Toll stands at 137 but deaths set to exceed 1,000 people
With still many unaccounted for one news agency says the death toll is expected to rise above 1,000 people.
# Bad Science
Astronomers dismiss suggestion that sun and moon caused Japan earthquake
Reports that scientists had established a link between the activities of the sun and moon with the today’s Pacific tsunami have been dismissed by Irish astronomers.
# Japan
In pictures: How the disaster in Japan unfolded
Cities, towns and farmland seriously damaged by the 8.9 magnitude quake today, which then triggered tsunami.
# Japan Tsunami
UN and countries pledge aid and rescue offers to Japan but no decision from Ireland
Officials at the Department of the Taoiseach and Department of Foreign Affairs have so far made no official comment on the matter.
# Pacific
Tsunami hits Indonesia without causing damage
Indonesia and Guam have both lifted their tsunami warnings, after waves of just 10 centimetres hit the eastern Indonesian coast.
# Tsunami
In Pictures: Graphs and charts that show the tsunami's projected path
Weather centres around the Pacific rim show trajectory of deadly wave.
# Indonesia
Volcano erupts in eastern Indonesia
A volcano has erupted in Indonesia, just hours after an earthquake in Japan created a Pacific-wide tsunami.
# Japan
Department of Foreign Affairs sets up crisis centre for Japan tsunami
The department estimates that there are around 2,000 Irish citizens in Japan. Relatives and friends of people in Japan are asked to contact the crisis centre for information.
# Pacific Tsunami
Pacific tsunami: Eyewitnesses upload photographs
People in the areas affected by the Pacific tsunami have uploaded photographs on social networking sites.
# Pacific Tsunami
Tsunami passes over Taiwan, Indonesia braces for impact
The Pacific tsunami has hit Taiwan causing minimal damage – it is due to hit the vulnerable Indonesia islandssoon.
# Pacific Tsunami
Tsunami may 'totally engulf' low lying Pacific islands: Red Cross
The low lying Pacific islands may be swept over as a powerful tsunami hits the region – meanwhile Indonesia is bracing itself, as warnings indicate it will be the first area to be hit after Japan.