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#Foreign Affairs

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 21 September, 2022

Tuxedo rental and novelty socks: The €175k cost of the Govt's St Patrick's Day trips this year
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Tuxedo rental and novelty socks: The €175k cost of the Govt's St Patrick's Day trips this year

Sep 21st 2022, 12:05 AM 24,790 Views 37 Comments
  • 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.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 22 August, 2022

Irish embassy reopens in Kyiv after working remotely for six months of war
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Irish embassy reopens in Kyiv after working remotely for six months of war

Aug 22nd 2022, 2:10 PM 14,281 Views 17 Comments

The embassy, which only opened for the first time in 2021, will be functioning with “very limited capacity”.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 16 August, 2022

Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years

Aug 16th 2022, 12:05 AM 23,973 Views 28 Comments

The highest spender was the Department of Foreign Affairs, spending €166,553 on foreign travel since the Government was formed.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 13 August, 2022

Irish diplomats work to broker nuclear weapons deal in high-level New York talks
# United Nations
# United Nations

Irish diplomats work to broker nuclear weapons deal in high-level New York talks

Aug 13th 2022, 6:30 AM 22,132 Views 10 Comments

Irish diplomats are involved in the month-long talks on the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 12 July, 2022

Coveney tells committee that new Defence Forces funding will be 'about people'
# Oireachtas
# Oireachtas

Coveney tells committee that new Defence Forces funding will be 'about people'

Jul 12th 2022, 5:38 PM 8,942 Views 8 Comments

“I don’t believe that it’s possible to deliver something more ambitious,” Coveney said this evening.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 14 April, 2022

Supreme Court to hear appeal in case brought by fathers seeking Irish passport for their son
# Surrogacy
# Surrogacy

Supreme Court to hear appeal in case brought by fathers seeking Irish passport for their son

Apr 14th 2022, 6:54 PM 44,530 Views 0 Comments

The boy has UK citizenship, and it is his fathers’ wish that he get an Irish passport.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 4 March, 2022

Ukraine nuclear plant: Russia denies shelling to Security Council; Coveney warns of 'new red flag'
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Ukraine nuclear plant: Russia denies shelling to Security Council; Coveney warns of 'new red flag'

Updated Mar 4th 2022, 6:18 PM 33,026 Views 28 Comments

The Foreign Affairs minister spoke ahead of a meeting of ministers to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 28 February, 2022

Taoiseach says Ireland's non-lethal military support for Ukraine is 'sufficient' as EU members are sending weapons
# Russian Invasion
# Russian Invasion

Taoiseach says Ireland's non-lethal military support for Ukraine is 'sufficient' as EU members are sending weapons

Updated Feb 28th 2022, 1:36 PM 50,833 Views 143 Comments
  • 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".

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 12 February, 2022

Richard O'Halloran says he felt abandoned by the Irish government while he was stuck in China
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Richard O'Halloran says he felt abandoned by the Irish government while he was stuck in China

Feb 12th 2022, 12:52 PM 48,480 Views 51 Comments

O’Halloran believes Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney “didn’t engage” with his case on the advice of senior advisors.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 1 February, 2022

Coveney says Foreign Affairs gathering was 'a serious mistake that shouldn't have happened'
# Champagne Gate
# Champagne Gate

Coveney says Foreign Affairs gathering was 'a serious mistake that shouldn't have happened'

Feb 1st 2022, 8:53 AM 20,794 Views 57 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the review of the gathering published last night is “insufficient” and called for an independent investigation.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 27 January, 2022

DFA secretary general gave staff go-ahead to gather 'in the thick of it' to watch UN vote
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

DFA secretary general gave staff go-ahead to gather 'in the thick of it' to watch UN vote

Jan 27th 2022, 7:56 AM 14,729 Views 11 Comments

The go-ahead was communicated in an email from Niall Burgess’s private secretary the day before the gathering.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 17 January, 2022

Simon Coveney orders investigation into department lockdown gathering
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Simon Coveney orders investigation into department lockdown gathering

Jan 17th 2022, 6:41 AM 20,853 Views 0 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has ordered an investigation into a gathering of his officials in June 2020.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 7 January, 2022

Coveney dodges questions on lockdown-breaking champagne bash at his department
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Coveney dodges questions on lockdown-breaking champagne bash at his department

Jan 7th 2022, 10:26 PM 34,200 Views 0 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister has refused to answer questions about the party held by officials in June 2020.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 2 November, 2021

Simon Coveney to raise settlement and evictions during Israel-Palestine trip
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Simon Coveney to raise settlement and evictions during Israel-Palestine trip

Nov 2nd 2021, 6:00 AM 8,319 Views 22 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs will meet with UN officials and civil society groups during four-day Middle East trip.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 26 August, 2021

Irish evacuation mission from Kabul Airport ends with rescue of 36 people
# Kabul Airport
# Kabul Airport

Irish evacuation mission from Kabul Airport ends with rescue of 36 people

Updated Aug 26th 2021, 6:07 PM 95,932 Views 148 Comments

At least 60 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan.

Nations warn of terror threat at Kabul airport
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Nations warn of terror threat at Kabul airport

Aug 26th 2021, 7:24 AM 19,438 Views 12 Comments

Nearly 90,000 Afghans and foreigners have fled Afghanistan via the US-led airlift.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 23 August, 2021

Army Rangers being sent to Kabul to help with evacuation of Irish citizens
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Army Rangers being sent to Kabul to help with evacuation of Irish citizens

Updated Aug 23rd 2021, 8:56 PM 60,190 Views 80 Comments

They are expected to arrive into Kabul on Thursday.

Coveney to open new Irish embassy on trip to Ukraine
# Kyiv
# Kyiv

Coveney to open new Irish embassy on trip to Ukraine

Aug 23rd 2021, 6:51 AM 12,201 Views 14 Comments

Coveney will represent Ireland at the inaugural summit of the International Crimean Platform (ICP).

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 19 August, 2021

Taliban escorted Meath woman to Kabul airport as 36 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan

Taliban escorted Meath woman to Kabul airport as 36 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan

Updated Aug 19th 2021, 7:20 PM 73,424 Views 74 Comments

Aoife MacManus, one of the three Irish people who has left Afghanistan, spoke to Nuacht RTÉ this evening.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 13 August, 2021

Dept Foreign Affairs 'gravely concerned' over Taliban's offensive in Afghanistan
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Dept Foreign Affairs 'gravely concerned' over Taliban's offensive in Afghanistan

Aug 13th 2021, 5:55 PM 16,908 Views 29 Comments

The Taliban have taken four more provincial capitals in sweep across Afghan south.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 5 July, 2021

Coveney visits Irish troops serving with United Nations in Lebanon
# Lebanon
# Lebanon

Coveney visits Irish troops serving with United Nations in Lebanon

Updated Jul 5th 2021, 8:50 PM 28,880 Views 44 Comments

He will also meet with political leaders, including the Defence Minister and acting Foreign Affairs Minister.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Brexit trade talks deadline arrives as key issues still remain
# Brexit
# Brexit

Brexit trade talks deadline arrives as key issues still remain

Dec 13th 2020, 8:35 AM 10,634 Views 44 Comments

Boris Johnson is due to speak with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen later today.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

UK breaching Northern Ireland Protocol would be a 'really big mistake', Coveney says
# Brexit
# Brexit

UK breaching Northern Ireland Protocol would be a 'really big mistake', Coveney says

Dec 2nd 2020, 10:00 PM 17,855 Views 35 Comments

The British government is poised to reintroduce elements of its controversial Internal Market Bill next week,

# foreign-affairs - Friday 9 October, 2020

Simon Coveney: UK has given assurance that there is no block of Covid-19 Northern Ireland funding
# Cross Border
# Cross Border

Simon Coveney: UK has given assurance that there is no block of Covid-19 Northern Ireland funding

Oct 9th 2020, 10:11 AM 13,467 Views 20 Comments

Coveney said that he was told by Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis that “finance from London shouldn’t be a problem”.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Coronavirus: Several thousand Irish people could return from Canada in the coming days
# Flying Home
# Flying Home

Coronavirus: Several thousand Irish people could return from Canada in the coming days

Apr 1st 2020, 6:45 AM 67,420 Views 53 Comments

The government is warning Irish people on short-term visas to strongly consider coming home.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Irish citizens confirmed on board cruise ship where four people have died from flu-like symptoms
# Panama
# Panama

Irish citizens confirmed on board cruise ship where four people have died from flu-like symptoms

Mar 28th 2020, 2:18 PM 37,410 Views 39 Comments

Two people on board have reportedly been diagnosed with coronavirus.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 27 March, 2020

Peru gives go-ahead for Irish citizens stranded in Peru to be flown home
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Peru gives go-ahead for Irish citizens stranded in Peru to be flown home

Mar 27th 2020, 9:17 AM 21,408 Views 22 Comments

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Peruvian Foreign Minister

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

'This eclipses the shutdowns following 9/11': The battle to get 2,000 Irish citizens home
# Stranded Abroad
# Stranded Abroad

'This eclipses the shutdowns following 9/11': The battle to get 2,000 Irish citizens home

Updated Mar 25th 2020, 9:36 PM 56,086 Views 41 Comments

The majority of stranded Irish citizens are in Australia or New Zealand, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 15 February, 2020

Department twice failed to act on UN letter asking how former naval vessel ended up being used in Libyan Civil War
# LE Aisling
# LE Aisling

Department twice failed to act on UN letter asking how former naval vessel ended up being used in Libyan Civil War

Feb 15th 2020, 7:30 AM 38,307 Views 58 Comments

The LÉ Aisling was sold by the Department of Defence in 2017 for €110,000 to a Dutch company.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 18 January, 2020

Diplomat rents, the rising dollar and a Brexit-inspired passport boom behind DFA request for extra €50 million
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Diplomat rents, the rising dollar and a Brexit-inspired passport boom behind DFA request for extra €50 million

Jan 18th 2020, 8:00 AM 14,751 Views 11 Comments

The Department also looked for €2 million to bolster Ireland’s bid to become a member of the UN Security Council.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 18 December, 2019

Parents of Nora Quoirin meet with Irish Government officials over her death in Malaysia
# Malaysia
# Malaysia

Parents of Nora Quoirin meet with Irish Government officials over her death in Malaysia

Dec 18th 2019, 12:03 PM 15,320 Views 8 Comments

The parents of the 15-year-old believe there was a ‘criminal element’ involved in their daughter’s disappearance.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson spoke by phone this evening and hope to meet this week
# Brexit
# Brexit

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson spoke by phone this evening and hope to meet this week

Updated Oct 8th 2019, 6:15 PM 21,397 Views 50 Comments

Tusk made his comments on Twitter.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 12 April, 2019

Just under €2 million was spent on roof repairs at the Irish Embassy in London last year
# Picking Up The Tab
# Picking Up The Tab

Just under €2 million was spent on roof repairs at the Irish Embassy in London last year

Apr 12th 2019, 6:05 AM 11,639 Views 24 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was a “significant project” at the building on 17 Grosvenor Place.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 20 January, 2019

Lose a passport abroad? Getting temporary documents will now be easier
# Travelling
# Travelling

Lose a passport abroad? Getting temporary documents will now be easier

Jan 20th 2019, 7:30 AM 20,433 Views 11 Comments

Meanwhile, a €12 million contract to provide a passport processing system in Ireland is being put out to tender.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 31 December, 2018

Irish embassies provided help to 344 citizens arrested abroad during a busy 2018
# Banged Up Abroad
# Banged Up Abroad

Irish embassies provided help to 344 citizens arrested abroad during a busy 2018

Dec 31st 2018, 12:34 PM 9,117 Views 8 Comments

Consular assistance was provided to Irish citizens in a range of circumstances this year.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Four-year-old Irish girl drowns in Spain
# Marbella
# Marbella

Four-year-old Irish girl drowns in Spain

Jul 31st 2018, 8:01 AM 48,291 Views 10 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family of the girl.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 21 June, 2018

A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays
# Holiday Plans
# Holiday Plans

A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays

Jun 21st 2018, 10:23 AM 57,335 Views 84 Comments

It is “a matter of immense frustration” for staff that it’s taking longer than planned to process some applications, the Public Accounts Committee has been told.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 28 May, 2018

Coveney to discuss 'troubling events in Gaza' with EU foreign ministers
# Palestine
# Palestine

Coveney to discuss 'troubling events in Gaza' with EU foreign ministers

May 28th 2018, 9:48 AM 5,770 Views 50 Comments

The Tánaiste is due to go to Palestine and Israel next week.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 8 April, 2018

Around 1,200 Irish detained overseas at any time
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Around 1,200 Irish detained overseas at any time

Apr 8th 2018, 4:00 PM 23,243 Views 25 Comments

The Tanaiste said it’s impossible to provide precise statistics as people don’t always want the Irish authorities to be informed.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 19 March, 2018

Ireland 'fully supports' UK's efforts to punish those behind 'heinous' poisoning of former spy
# Salisbury
# Salisbury

Ireland 'fully supports' UK's efforts to punish those behind 'heinous' poisoning of former spy

Mar 19th 2018, 6:00 AM 8,203 Views 48 Comments

Russia has denied involvement in the poisoning.

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