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# diplomacy - Friday 24 February, 2012

Ireland to take part in 'Friends of Syria' conference

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is in Tunisia for discussions on how to help the Syrian people.

# diplomacy - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Why do China's leaders love visiting Shannon?

Newswhip’s Paul Quigley discovers how Shannon, Co Clare helped invent modern China.

# diplomacy - Monday 20 February, 2012

Taoiseach praises 'special relationship' as Xi Jinping visit enters final day

The Chinese vice president will visit Áras an Uachtaráin this morning on the final day of his three day visit to Ireland.

# diplomacy - Friday 17 February, 2012

Government must be 'forceful' on human rights during China visit - Amnesty

Amnesty International has said that that the government must be clear on concerns about China’s human rights abuses when the country’s Vice President visits Ireland this weekend.

# diplomacy - Thursday 16 February, 2012

New Papal Nuncio among new ambassadors accredited today

The most reverend Charles J Brown is one of three ambassadors who presented Letters of Credence to the President today.

# diplomacy - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Poll: Would you welcome a visit by the Pope? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you welcome a visit by the Pope?

Enda Kenny says if the Pope visits Ireland, he’ll be treated with the appropriate “decorum”. Would you like to see him visit?

Vatican closure will be reviewed "in its own good time" - Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny accuses Micheál Martin of ‘hyping up’ the closure of Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See.

# diplomacy - Monday 13 February, 2012

Former diplomat says Ireland shouldn’t have closed Vatican embassy

Seán Donlon – a former chief civil servant and ambassador – says Ireland has lost the chance to influence Church policy.

# diplomacy - Monday 30 January, 2012

Ireland may reopen 'modest' Vatican embassy in future, says Gilmore

Eamon Gilmore says it’s possible that a recovery in the public finances may allow Ireland to reopen its Holy See embassy.

# diplomacy - Saturday 28 January, 2012

Gilmore calls for end to Israeli blockade of Gaza

The Tánaiste and Foreign Minister is due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later today.

# diplomacy - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

The European Parliament has a new president... but who is he? Martin Schulz This post contains videos

The European Parliament has a new president... but who is he?

Well, he’s a former bookseller, a football fan – and Silvio Berlusconi once compared him to a concentration camp guard.

# diplomacy - Thursday 12 January, 2012

UK deputy prime minister to visit Áras an Uachtaráin

Nick Clegg will meet with President Michael D Higgins during a visit to Dublin tomorrow.

# diplomacy - Thursday 1 December, 2011

European powers pressure Iran following embassy attack

France, Germany and the Netherlands have all recalled their ambassadors to Iran, while Italy and Norway are taking precautions. EU foreign ministers are to meet in Brussels today to discuss Iran and its disputed nuclear programme.

# diplomacy - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

France recalls ambassador to Iran

The French government’s move follows the UK’s decision to pull its diplomatic staff from Tehran and shut the Iranian embassy in London.

# diplomacy - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

Tánaiste meets with Bulgarian Foreign Minister in Dublin

Eamon Gilmore discussed a range of issues with Nickolay Mladenov, who is making his first official visit to Ireland.

# diplomacy - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# diplomacy - Friday 4 November, 2011

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.

# diplomacy - Thursday 29 September, 2011

Column: Of course there is a pro-Israel lobby - but there is an anti-Israel lobby too

The Israel Ambassador in Ireland says he is tired of talk of an all-powerful Zionist lobby – a Jewish lobby exists, but it’s no different from the Irish lobby which exerted influence in the US, he argues…

# diplomacy - Tuesday 27 September, 2011

UN apologises over scuffle with Turkish PM's security

A fight broke out as Erdogan rushed to hear the Palestinian president’s address to the General Assembly on Friday.

# diplomacy - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Another flag-gate? Maybe not… SF complains over Dublin Castle flag shortage

A Sinn Féin TD has complained about the shortage of flagpoles in Dublin Castle – there’s only room for 26 counties.

# diplomacy - Friday 16 September, 2011

Libyan forces pull back after fierce battles in Gaddafi's hometown

Fighting between pro-Gaddafi and anti-regime fighers intensified today in Bani Walid as revolutionary forces advanced on Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown.

# diplomacy - Monday 12 September, 2011

Column: Whatever happens at the UN, the Israeli occupation will continue

Kevin Squires of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign feels that even if statehood is granted to Palestinians this month, their struggle to secure human, political and national rights will continue.

Column: Why peace has eluded the Middle East

Dr David Abrahamson feels the portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian impasse is imperfect – and that neighbouring Arab countries have fostered the hope of a Palestinian state by refusing to absorb refugees.

Palestinian 'flying chair' UN campaign comes to Dublin

Chair upholstered in pale blue material to symbolise bid to have Palestinian state recognised as a member of United Nations.

Cameron and Putin meet for talks during rare visit

The British PM is in Moscow for talks aimed at rebuilding relations between the two countries.

# diplomacy - Saturday 3 September, 2011

Column: The Palestinian people have an inalienable right to independence

The Ambassador of the Mission of Palestine in Ireland writes that asking the UN to endorse a Palestinian state should not affect the chance of achieving peace and co-operation with Israel.

# diplomacy - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

Column: Is a Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood really a road to peace?

The Israeli Ambassador to Ireland writes that a bid to have an independent Palestinian state recognised by the UN, to live side by side with Israel, cannot be achieved in the present climate of violence.

# diplomacy - Sunday 21 August, 2011

Southern Israel pounded from Gaza by Hamas militants

Rocket and mortar attacks hit an empty school and dozens of other targets as diplomats try to quell the violence.

# diplomacy - Saturday 20 August, 2011

Brawling US and Chinese teams say sorry - and swap souvenirs

Joe Biden looked on in dismay as a basketball game meant to cement goodwill between US and China descends into a brawl – but it’s all okay now…

# diplomacy - Monday 8 August, 2011

Kuwait recalls Syrian ambassador amid reports of fresh violence

Meanwhile, Kuwait also says that Gulf foreign ministers will meet soon to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria.

# diplomacy - Thursday 4 August, 2011

From The42 Pardew rubbishes Barton truce rumours Diplomacy

Pardew rubbishes Barton truce rumours

Alan Pardew has moved to halt the growing momentum behind rumours of a deal struck between Newcastle bosses and the renegade midfielder.

# diplomacy - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

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.

# diplomacy - Thursday 23 June, 2011

Thatcher told that Haughey may have been "Ireland's answer to JR"

Robert Haydon,who was the UK’s ambassador to Ireland in 1980, warned Margaret Thatcher that Haughey was a “wily” man and “no friend of ours” according to newly-released documents.

# diplomacy - Tuesday 21 June, 2011

Ban Ki-moon secures second term as UN head

The South Korean will remain as Secretary-General for another five years, with unanimous backing from the assembly.

# diplomacy - Tuesday 7 June, 2011

Ban Ki-moon will seek second term as UN head

The South Korean is to seek a second term as secretary-general of the United Nations. What does that involve again?

US embassy warned diplomats about crumbling healthcare system

Visiting US diplomats were advised to be patient in the case of a medical emergency, because A&E wards are so overcrowded.

# diplomacy - Monday 23 May, 2011

Wheels down: Obama arrives for 24-hour flying visit

Air Force One touches down at 9:28am, carrying Barack and Michelle Obama to Ireland ahead of a trip to the Áras.

# diplomacy - Friday 6 May, 2011

From The Daily Edge Caption competition: Who's the Greatest? Caption Competition

Caption competition: Who's the Greatest?

Taoiseach in fighting form on New York trip – but watch who you’re taking on there, Enda…

# diplomacy - Friday 18 March, 2011

Japan asks G7 to devalue rising yen

Finance officials for the world’s major economies help Japan lower the value of its currency in order to help it get exporting.

# diplomacy - Wednesday 26 January, 2011

Israel enraged by Irish upgrade for Palestinian envoy

Ireland gives the Palestinian delegation the status of ‘mission’ – a move blasted by Israel as a symptom of its “bias”.