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# Foreign Affairs

Israeli President says Ireland needs to 'admit the truth' about conflict in Gaza
Isaac Herzog asked: “What did we do wrong?”
Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Surgeon: Every week my hospital deals with people suffering consequences of foreign surgeries
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Professor Helen Heneghan is a consultant surgeon in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.
This month
November 2023
Tánaiste says he was 'shocked' by negative reactions to his visit to Israel
Micheál Martin was on an official visit to Israel yesterday.
United Nations humanitarian official: Situation in Gaza 'worst we've ever seen'
Ramesh Rajasingham, Head of UNOCHA is in Dublin to meet Irish officials and meet politicians – the agency needs €1.1 billion in aid for Gaza.
Last month
October 2023
The report from the Consultative Forum on Neutrality has been published - here's what it says
The Consultative Forum on Ireland’s International Security Policy took place in June which drew criticism of its chair from President Michael D Higgins.
Ireland is increasing its foreign aid budget by €60 million to €776.5m
The increase includes a significant increase in Ireland’s international climate finance contribution.
This year
'It matters to me personally': Micheál Martin sought to make hope and history rhyme in Israel
The Tánaiste paid a three-day trip to the Middle East this week.
Micheál Martin heads to Israel and Palestine to discuss politics and human rights in the region
The visit comes amid escalating violence between the two sides.
DFA 'carefully monitoring' situation in Niger as European partners launch rescue mission
The unrest comes as Niger is the latest country in the African region of the Sahel to suffer a coup along with Mali and Burkina Faso.
'No need' for Coveney to correct Dáil record on RAF deal but Tánaiste giving issue 'ongoing reflection'
Previously Simon Coveney, as then Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, denied there was a deal.
Last year
Russia refused to engage with Irish diplomats on declaration to stop bombing of civilian areas
Irish diplomats led on efforts to get nations to adopt the Declaration on the Protection of Civilians from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas.
Russia bans Taoiseach, Tánaiste and 50 other Irish representatives from entering the country
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued an entry ban on three ministers and dozens of members of the Oireachtas
Coveney summons Iranian ambassador over events in Ukraine and Iran
Russia fired waves of drones over Ukraine this week that are believed to have been Iranian-made.
Conflict, climate change and pandemic led to boost in Irish foreign aid
Last year the Department of Foreign Affairs allotted €967m in overseas development aid.
Tuxedo rental and novelty socks: The €175k cost of the Govt's St Patrick's Day trips this year
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The annual junkets returned in March after a two-year hiatus.
Figures released under FOI show how the Government paid to promote Ireland abroad last March.
Members of Cabinet and over 40 civil servants visited 28 countries as part of the annual visits this year.
The total cost was around €85,000 cheaper than the last pre-Covid programme in 2019.
Irish embassy reopens in Kyiv after working remotely for six months of war
The embassy, which only opened for the first time in 2021, will be functioning with “very limited capacity”.
Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years
The highest spender was the Department of Foreign Affairs, spending €166,553 on foreign travel since the Government was formed.
Irish diplomats work to broker nuclear weapons deal in high-level New York talks
Irish diplomats are involved in the month-long talks on the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Coveney tells committee that new Defence Forces funding will be 'about people'
“I don’t believe that it’s possible to deliver something more ambitious,” Coveney said this evening.
Supreme Court to hear appeal in case brought by fathers seeking Irish passport for their son
The boy has UK citizenship, and it is his fathers’ wish that he get an Irish passport.
Ukraine nuclear plant: Russia denies shelling to Security Council; Coveney warns of 'new red flag'
The Foreign Affairs minister spoke ahead of a meeting of ministers to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Taoiseach says Ireland's non-lethal military support for Ukraine is 'sufficient' as EU members are sending weapons
Micheál Martin said it would be “unthinkable” for the EU not to send arms to Ukraine.
Micheál Martin said it would be "unthinkable" for the EU not to send weapons to Ukraine.
Both An Taoiseach and Minister Simon Coveney said there were currently no plans to expel the Russian ambassador.
Martin also cast doubt on whether Ukraine could join the EU "immediately".
Ukraine calls for immediate ceasefire as talks with Russia begin in Belarus
Missiles hit radioactive waste disposal site in Ukraine’s capital
Richard O'Halloran says he felt abandoned by the Irish government while he was stuck in China
O’Halloran believes Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney “didn’t engage” with his case on the advice of senior advisors.
Coveney says Foreign Affairs gathering was 'a serious mistake that shouldn't have happened'
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the review of the gathering published last night is “insufficient” and called for an independent investigation.
DFA secretary general gave staff go-ahead to gather 'in the thick of it' to watch UN vote
The go-ahead was communicated in an email from Niall Burgess’s private secretary the day before the gathering.
Simon Coveney orders investigation into department lockdown gathering
The Minister for Foreign Affairs has ordered an investigation into a gathering of his officials in June 2020.
Coveney dodges questions on lockdown-breaking champagne bash at his department
The Foreign Affairs Minister has refused to answer questions about the party held by officials in June 2020.
All time
Simon Coveney to raise settlement and evictions during Israel-Palestine trip
The Minister for Foreign Affairs will meet with UN officials and civil society groups during four-day Middle East trip.
Irish evacuation mission from Kabul Airport ends with rescue of 36 people
At least 60 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan.
Nations warn of terror threat at Kabul airport
Nearly 90,000 Afghans and foreigners have fled Afghanistan via the US-led airlift.
Army Rangers being sent to Kabul to help with evacuation of Irish citizens
They are expected to arrive into Kabul on Thursday.
Coveney to open new Irish embassy on trip to Ukraine
Coveney will represent Ireland at the inaugural summit of the International Crimean Platform (ICP).
Taliban escorted Meath woman to Kabul airport as 36 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan
Aoife MacManus, one of the three Irish people who has left Afghanistan, spoke to Nuacht RTÉ this evening.
Dept Foreign Affairs 'gravely concerned' over Taliban's offensive in Afghanistan
The Taliban have taken four more provincial capitals in sweep across Afghan south.
Coveney visits Irish troops serving with United Nations in Lebanon
He will also meet with political leaders, including the Defence Minister and acting Foreign Affairs Minister.
Brexit trade talks deadline arrives as key issues still remain
Boris Johnson is due to speak with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen later today.
UK breaching Northern Ireland Protocol would be a 'really big mistake', Coveney says
The British government is poised to reintroduce elements of its controversial Internal Market Bill next week,
Simon Coveney: UK has given assurance that there is no block of Covid-19 Northern Ireland funding
Coveney said that he was told by Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis that “finance from London shouldn’t be a problem”.
Coronavirus: Several thousand Irish people could return from Canada in the coming days
The government is warning Irish people on short-term visas to strongly consider coming home.
Irish citizens confirmed on board cruise ship where four people have died from flu-like symptoms
Two people on board have reportedly been diagnosed with coronavirus.