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# department-of-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 20,775 Views 0 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 29 December, 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs ‘let guard down’ in lockdown gathering
# Champagne Problems
# Champagne Problems

Department of Foreign Affairs ‘let guard down’ in lockdown gathering

Updated Dec 29th 2021, 10:48 PM 48,452 Views 62 Comments

At least 20 officials and staff were pictured celebrating with champagne in an event at Iveagh House on 17 June 2020.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 27 December, 2021

Government spent €28,500 on four busts of John Hume 'to promote Ireland's political interests'
# Head Count
# Head Count

Government spent €28,500 on four busts of John Hume 'to promote Ireland's political interests'

Dec 27th 2021, 6:00 AM 15,543 Views 18 Comments

The busts were bought on behalf of the State’s diplomatic network.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

22 new Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats have been approved; 11 are women
# Ambassadors
# Ambassadors

22 new Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats have been approved; 11 are women

Dec 14th 2021, 6:14 PM 23,449 Views 42 Comments

Nine consuls general are also to be appointed in the UK, US, India, Canada and France.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 6 December, 2021

'Pent-up demand' could see a record 1.75m passport applications to process next year
# Passports
# Passports

'Pent-up demand' could see a record 1.75m passport applications to process next year

Dec 6th 2021, 3:48 PM 27,283 Views 10 Comments

The number of passports has never even reached 1 million in a year before.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 5 December, 2021

Repatriation flight for 156 people arrives in Ireland from  Morocco
# Omicron
# Omicron

Repatriation flight for 156 people arrives in Ireland from Morocco

Dec 5th 2021, 8:29 AM 33,122 Views 17 Comments

Morocco has banned all incoming flights for at least two weeks.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 2 December, 2021

Repatriation flight arranged for Irish citizens following flight suspensions in Morocco
# Grounded
# Grounded

Repatriation flight arranged for Irish citizens following flight suspensions in Morocco

Dec 2nd 2021, 8:03 PM 27,689 Views 8 Comments

Flights to and from Morocco have been suspended until at least 13 December over Omicron fears.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 24 November, 2021

Irish citizens advised to leave Ethiopia 'immediately'
# Irish In Ethiopia
# Irish In Ethiopia

Irish citizens advised to leave Ethiopia 'immediately'

Nov 24th 2021, 4:28 PM 45,512 Views 26 Comments

Ethiopian authorities indicated that the decision was due to Ireland’s position on the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis there

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 6 September, 2021

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March
# Document Drop
# Document Drop

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March

Sep 6th 2021, 5:20 PM 44,456 Views 130 Comments
  • Coveney is due back before an Oireachtas committee tomorrow morning and has promised to answer questions on the documents.
  • Texts released today add further detail to the timeline surrounding the planned appointment of Zappone to the UN envoy role.
  • The document dump also includes a text from Zappone in the aftermath of the Merrion-gate controversy.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 20 August, 2021

Three more Irish people evacuated from Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan

Three more Irish people evacuated from Afghanistan

Aug 20th 2021, 2:01 PM 8,853 Views 17 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said that a total of six Irish citizens have now left the country.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 25 May, 2021

Climate activist spared trial over graffiti attack on government building
# Extinction Rebellion
# Extinction Rebellion

Climate activist spared trial over graffiti attack on government building

May 25th 2021, 5:43 PM 16,243 Views 0 Comments

Extinction Rebellion Ireland members staged a protest outside the courthouse in support of Orla Murphy.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 24 May, 2021

Foreign diplomats have avoided prosecution for road traffic offences 12 times in the last two years
# Diplomatic Immunity
# Diplomatic Immunity

Foreign diplomats have avoided prosecution for road traffic offences 12 times in the last two years

May 24th 2021, 12:05 AM 24,632 Views 29 Comments
  • Niall O'Connor's report looks at the amount of times diplomats have escaped traffic fines by using their diplomatic immunity.
  • The foreign embassy staff members were nabbed by gardaí across the country but granted immunity from prosecution.
  • According to documents obtained by The Journal, the Department of Foreign Affairs were notified 17 times either by gardaí or by embassies.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

Woman's passport renewal in limbo after a five-month Covid delay, a tech glitch and 'no one to help'
# Passport Office
# Passport Office

Woman's passport renewal in limbo after a five-month Covid delay, a tech glitch and 'no one to help'

May 18th 2021, 3:15 PM 54,168 Views 46 Comments

The Galway woman is planning to leave the country next month, and has waited five months for her 10-year-old son’s passport to be renewed.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 19 March, 2021

Man and woman charged after government building in Dublin city covered in graffiti
# Iveagh House
# Iveagh House

Man and woman charged after government building in Dublin city covered in graffiti

Mar 19th 2021, 9:05 PM 47,617 Views 0 Comments

Graffiti was daubed on the front of Iveagh House, the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, earlier today.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 19 February, 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs dismisses worker for issuing fraudulent passports after five-year paid suspension
# Passports
# Passports

Department of Foreign Affairs dismisses worker for issuing fraudulent passports after five-year paid suspension

Feb 19th 2021, 3:06 PM 51,912 Views 0 Comments

The worker was eventually dismissed in December 2019 after the suspension.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 28 December, 2020

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%
# Department Of Foreign Affairs
# Department Of Foreign Affairs

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%

Dec 28th 2020, 6:10 AM 18,572 Views 14 Comments

The most popular baby girls’ names were Olivia, Mia and Saoirse, while Noah, Adam and Cillian topped the baby boys’ list.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 24 October, 2020

Minister Simon Coveney calls on Nigerian authorities to investigate violence against protesters
# Lagos
# Lagos

Minister Simon Coveney calls on Nigerian authorities to investigate violence against protesters

Oct 24th 2020, 8:30 AM 17,266 Views 36 Comments

Amnesty International said that at least 12 peaceful protesters were killed in an incident involving the Nigerian army this week.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 24 July, 2020

Government received over 20,000 queries from Irish citizens abroad during Covid-19 pandemic
# Repatriation
# Repatriation

Government received over 20,000 queries from Irish citizens abroad during Covid-19 pandemic

Jul 24th 2020, 12:05 AM 14,590 Views 10 Comments

Irish government spent €890,000 on flights to repatriate citizens from Peru, India and Nigeria this year.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Travel agents warn list 'could invalidate insurance' for flights previously booked to green locations
# Green List
# Green List

Travel agents warn list 'could invalidate insurance' for flights previously booked to green locations

Jul 22nd 2020, 8:37 AM 26,012 Views 53 Comments

The much-anticipated ‘green list’ of countries was published last night.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Medics among 170 Irish citizens travelling from Perth back to Ireland today
# Australia
# Australia

Medics among 170 Irish citizens travelling from Perth back to Ireland today

Mar 26th 2020, 1:31 PM 39,159 Views 33 Comments

There are around 2,000 Irish citizens stranded in 83 countries around the world – most of these are in Australia.

# department-of-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 56,056 Views 41 Comments

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

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Friday 20 March, 2020

Irish citizen stranded in Peru: 'We'll figure out how to get the money for flights home'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Irish citizen stranded in Peru: 'We'll figure out how to get the money for flights home'

Mar 20th 2020, 2:24 PM 24,019 Views 8 Comments

The Irish government is gauging interest from the estimated 100 Irish people on who want to fly home this weekend.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 27 February, 2020

Countries around the world are assessing Covid-19's impact on St Patrick's Day celebrations
# Not Going Green
# Not Going Green

Countries around the world are assessing Covid-19's impact on St Patrick's Day celebrations

Feb 27th 2020, 6:00 AM 34,261 Views 30 Comments

In some countries, St Patrick’s Day events have already been cancelled.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Coronavirus spreads to southern Italy as Switzerland, Austria and Croatia report cases
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Coronavirus spreads to southern Italy as Switzerland, Austria and Croatia report cases

Updated Feb 25th 2020, 3:20 PM 95,395 Views 69 Comments

Here at home the National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting to monitor the situation and advance preparedness plans.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 24 February, 2020

Irish citizens advised to avoid travelling to areas in Italy affected by coronavirus
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Irish citizens advised to avoid travelling to areas in Italy affected by coronavirus

Feb 24th 2020, 11:13 AM 41,250 Views 33 Comments

A fifth person has died from Covid-19 today in Italy.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Passengers start to leave cruise ship in Japan as coronavirus quarantine ends
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Passengers start to leave cruise ship in Japan as coronavirus quarantine ends

Feb 19th 2020, 7:04 AM 12,898 Views 17 Comments

Two Irish citizens who were on the cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Two Irish citizens test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Two Irish citizens test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan

Feb 18th 2020, 4:01 PM 60,923 Views 62 Comments

The couple are understood to have tested positive for Covid-19 a number of days ago.

'Small number' of Irish people on two cruise ships where coronavirus detected, Coveney says
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'Small number' of Irish people on two cruise ships where coronavirus detected, Coveney says

Feb 18th 2020, 9:06 AM 16,961 Views 9 Comments

The Diamond Princess ship docked in Japan has more than 450 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 29 January, 2020

Human-to-human transmission of coronavirus outside China is worrying, says WHO
# Outbreak
# Outbreak

Human-to-human transmission of coronavirus outside China is worrying, says WHO

Updated Jan 29th 2020, 9:50 PM 46,481 Views 69 Comments

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said “there is no evidence to suggest that any Irish citizen has contracted the virus”.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 27 January, 2020

Irish people now advised to avoid entire province of Hubei due to coronavirus
# China
# China

Irish people now advised to avoid entire province of Hubei due to coronavirus

Jan 27th 2020, 2:55 PM 18,288 Views 41 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised people to avoid the province of Hubei.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 4 January, 2020

People have been asking the Irish government what the DeSouza ruling means for them
# Irish Citizenship
# Irish Citizenship

People have been asking the Irish government what the DeSouza ruling means for them

Jan 4th 2020, 8:00 AM 45,017 Views 21 Comments

“This is unacceptable. I don’t want to be a British citizen,” one person who wrote to the Taoiseach argued.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Wednesday 1 January, 2020

Over 1,700 Irish citizens abroad required help due to arrests, kidnappings and deaths in 2019, figures show
# Crisis Abroad
# Crisis Abroad

Over 1,700 Irish citizens abroad required help due to arrests, kidnappings and deaths in 2019, figures show

Jan 1st 2020, 6:00 AM 10,915 Views 5 Comments

Some citizens required supports during Hong Kong protests and terrorists attacks in Kenya.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Sunday 29 December, 2019

Irish officials were worried European leaders would refuse to attend meetings in hotels 
# 1990
# 1990

Irish officials were worried European leaders would refuse to attend meetings in hotels 

Dec 29th 2019, 10:45 AM 25,214 Views 12 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs warned it could cost £2 million to hire private facilities for meetings during Ireland’s EC presidency.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 2 December, 2019

Explainer: What happens next in the Lisa Smith case?
# Garda Questioning
# Garda Questioning

Explainer: What happens next in the Lisa Smith case?

Dec 2nd 2019, 2:35 PM 33,483 Views 80 Comments

How long can she be questioned by gardaí, and is she likely to face charges?

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Return of Lisa Smith at a 'very, very sensitive time', says Kehoe
# Repatriated
# Repatriated

Return of Lisa Smith at a 'very, very sensitive time', says Kehoe

Nov 28th 2019, 5:35 PM 27,820 Views 111 Comments

Smith will undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland, it was reported earlier this month.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 5 October, 2019

Passport Service 'closing down avenues' of fraud with over 300 passports revoked since 2016
# Passport Service
# Passport Service

Passport Service 'closing down avenues' of fraud with over 300 passports revoked since 2016

Oct 5th 2019, 7:15 AM 18,307 Views 21 Comments

The Passport Service has invested “substantial resources” in tackling fraud since 2017.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 6 July, 2019

Emails highlight confusion at Dublin City Council over unexpected change to Africa Day
# Farmleigh House
# Farmleigh House

Emails highlight confusion at Dublin City Council over unexpected change to Africa Day

Jul 6th 2019, 7:00 AM 18,619 Views 4 Comments

It added that an offer of funding was made by the Department of Foreign Affairs in March 2019, “at which stage Dublin City Council had finalised the local Africa Day programme”.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 18 May, 2019

Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US
# Letters From America
# Letters From America

Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US

May 18th 2019, 12:05 AM 27,165 Views 123 Comments

Fine Gael voted against the Bill, which passed second stage in the Dáil this year.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Monday 22 April, 2019

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand
# Handle The Pressure
# Handle The Pressure

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand

Apr 22nd 2019, 6:30 AM 36,076 Views 24 Comments

It comes as part of the passport reform programme and, despite the rise in complaints in recent years, Coveney is confident it’ll make a difference.

# department-of-foreign-affairs - Saturday 6 April, 2019

Ireland revises travel advice to Brunei after harsh sharia laws are implemented
# Anti-lgbt
# Anti-lgbt

Ireland revises travel advice to Brunei after harsh sharia laws are implemented

Apr 6th 2019, 9:30 AM 36,200 Views 128 Comments

The new laws include death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, and amputation of hands and feet for thieves.

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