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# Diplomacy

Last month
November 2023
Bobby McDonagh: The Rule of Law matters more than ever when the world is imploding
The former ambassador says that law and order breakdowns in many parts of the world demonstrate how important the rule of law is.
Explainer: What does it mean to expel an ambassador?
The Dáil is debating a motion this morning to expel Israel’s ambassador.
Bobby McDonagh on Israel/Gaza: 'Peace requires both sides to accept that they can never win'
The former Irish ambassador says Israel and Hamas both believe victory is possible, and this will only lead to more conflict.
Irish diplomats working behind the scenes in hope of freeing kidnapped Emily Hand
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Eight-year-old Irish-Israeli girl Emily Hand is believed to be a hostage of Hamas while 40 Irish citizens are trapped inside Gaza.
This year
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: Israel's diplomatic mission to Ireland has had a rocky few years
The DCU Professor of Politics looks at testy and tense relations between Ireland and Israel in recent years.
Swedish ambassador expelled from Iraq and embassy stormed as Koran stomped in Stockholm
The Swedish embassy was also stormed in Baghdad earlier today.
Iranian government pardons Irish citizen Bernard Phelan after imprisoning him on spying charges
The Irish/French citizen was arrested last year amid nationwide protests in the country.
Iran accused Bernard Phelan of spying during a crackdown on demonstrations last October.
A campaign by his family saw politicians and Amnesty International appeal for the 64 year old's release due to his failing health.
Phelan's release, alongside a French national, has been welcomed by Tánaiste Micheál Martin and France's Emmanuel Macron.
Last year
Why China said a visit from Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan is the US 'playing with fire'
China’s ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday that a visit would be “very much dangerous, very much provocative”.
US and Russian top diplomats hold 'frank' first talks since Ukraine war
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he told his Russian counterpart that the world will not recognize annexation.
Timmy Dooley: 'We cannot be shy about how many Ukrainian refugees we can accommodate'
The Fianna Fáil senator visited Ukraine at the weekend with colleague Billy Kelleher and saw first-hand the suffering there.
Ukraine says Russian forces at border do not appear ready to launch a war
Ukraine’s deputy defence minister said the Russian forces are being used primarily “for political pressure and blackmail”.
Government should have done more sooner for Richard O'Halloran, says Róisín Shortall
The Irish businessman returned home yesterday after being detained in China for nearly three years.
All time
Taoiseach expresses confidence that NI powersharing will be preserved
Martin was among political leaders attending a meeting of the British Irish Council in Co Fermanagh today.
Simon Coveney’s weekend visit shows the need for Irish journalists in China
Dublin has been strengthening ties with Beijing for years – but who is getting to tell the story?
Meeting of British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference to take place in June
It follows a meeting between Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State in Dublin today.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin still waiting on first phone call with Donald Trump
Micheál Martin has spoken to several world leaders and senior EU figures – but not Donald Trump.
Ireland has won a seat on the UN Security Council for 2021-22
A sustained campaign has seen Ireland win out in the first round of voting at the UN in New York this evening.
Varadkar: Irish government 'concerned for escalation of tensions in the Middle East'
Crowds, estimated to be in the millions, gathered for the funeral of Soleimani today.
Trump provokes fury from China after signing bill supporting Hong Kong protesters
The US President reluctantly signed the bill, which had bipartisan support.
Explainer: How does diplomatic immunity work?
The concept is being discussed after UK police said that an American diplomat’s wife is a suspect in a fatal road crash.
'It's up to them' - Solskjaer refuses to blame Pogba after penalty miss
The Man United manager said he allows both players to take spot kicks.
Pakistan prime minister says international inaction over Kashmir is the same as appeasing Hitler
New Delhi last week rescinded years of autonomy enjoyed by the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir.
Britain's ambassador to the US resigns following Trump row
Leaked documents recently revealed Sir Kim Darroch had described the US president as “inept” and “dysfunctional”.
Coveney says Ireland won't change its Rockall fishing policy 'on the back of a threat' from Scotland
Coveney said that it was important to “take the heat” out of the discussion around the disputed island.
Trump says that military intervention in Venezuela is 'an option'
The United States recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on 23 January.
China confirms detention of 2 Canadians as tensions rise between countries
The two cases ratchet up pressure on Canada, which is holding Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies.
Saudi Arabia's leader meets Trump and others for first time since journalist's killing
The summit marks a quick return to the international stage for Prince Mohammed after the kingdom came under fire for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
'In Mother Russia only Putin gets an umbrella' - Viewers bemused by President's World Cup 'power move'
Putin was shielded from the rain – but Macron and the Croatian leader got drenched.
American soldiers wore uniforms in Shannon town without Irish government approval
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it received assurances from the US Embassy that measures will be put in place to ensure it will not happen again.
Merkel fighting for her political life as allies mull over migrants deal
Merkel’s party could face a divide with coalition partners over the EU’s migration deals.
'One-time shot': Kim and Trump arrive in Singapore for high stakes meeting
Trump has said the summit is a “one time shot” at peace.
Coveney says he had ‘frank dialogue’ with Benjamin Netanyahu about Gaza
Coveney has previously said that it is time for the international community to act to save Gaza.
US evacuates staff from China over fears of mysterious 'sonic induced' brain trauma illness
The department said yesterday that “a number of individuals” were sent to the United States for further evaluation.
White House reacts to threats by North Korea to cancel summit - but no word yet from Trump
Pyongyang has cancelled high-level talks due with Seoul over military exercises.
North Korea says 'historic meeting' with the South opens 'new era for peace'
Tweeting today, Trump said he had had a “very good talk” with South Korea president Moon Jae-in.
Russian diplomat expulsion: 'Ireland should have avoided jumping on this bandwagon'
Russia was the first country to recognise Irish independence and we have always enjoyed a positive relationship with Moscow, writes Danielle Ryan.
Trump threatens to withdraw aid from Palestinians for 'disrespecting' US
In Davos today, the US President said he had a “great proposal” for the Palestinians.
Ecuador has granted Julian Assange citizenship
Ecuador had asked London to recognise Assange as a diplomat so that he could be granted safe passage out of the UK.
Angela Merkel thinks a new German government - led by her - is finally within reach
The long-time Chancellor is trying to persuade the Social Democrats to get back into government.
US retaliates against Russia and orders closure of 3 diplomatic offices
The State Department said the decision was made “in the spirit of parity”.