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#Foreign Affairs

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

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.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 28 March, 2020

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.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 27 March, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russia has denied involvement in the poisoning.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Russia threatens to ban all British media from its country if the UK bans Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT

Tensions are rising after the UK said it was likely Russia was behind a recent poisoning attack on an ex-spy.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 22 January, 2018

'No decision made' amid reports Israel may close Dublin embassy in cost-cutting move

The Ballsbridge mission is the only embassy in western Europe that is slated for closure.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 15 January, 2018

'Everyone is shocked' - Roscommon community reels from death of teenager in tragic accident abroad

19-year-old Stephen O’Gara lost his life in a tragic road accident on the island of Lanzarote at the weekend.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 13 January, 2018

Simon Coveney: 'Gaza is slightly smaller than County Louth but nearly 2 million people live in it'

While in Gaza I saw the pressures on food, water and electricity, writes Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 20 December, 2017

Irish man dies in Thailand after kitesurfing accident

The man is reported to have been living in Thailand for some time.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Independent Alliance won't be travelling to North Korea

Minister of State John Halligan has had a briefing with the Department of Foreign Affairs about the situation.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

Irish man in his 30s dies while on honeymoon in the Maldives

The cause of the 30-year-old Dublin man’s death is unclear at present.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 3 September, 2017

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 17 August, 2017

'These are mere stories': Egyptian ambassador denies Ibrahim Halawa was tortured in prison

Halawa (21) was arrested during a demonstration in 2014 in support of Mohamed Morsi who had been ousted from power in a military coup.

Irishman in his 20s killed in Mexico

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said that it is aware of the case.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 11 August, 2017

Former Console bosses asked to repay grants worth €150,000

The charity, which was liquidated last year, received the money to provide counselling services for Irish emigrants in the UK.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 22 July, 2017

Ireland has refused 19 applications to carry weapons through Ireland this year

427 applications have been approved.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 20 July, 2017

Irish medical students injured after crash in Malawi

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the incident.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 19 July, 2017

Over 500,000 passports issued in the first half of 2017

That’s a 10% increase on applications compared to last year.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 17 July, 2017

Protester tackled by Canadian Ambassador apologises publicly for interrupting 1916 event

Brian Murphy publicly apologised today in his bid to have his recorded conviction for a public order offence overturned.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 15 July, 2017

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?

Applying for a passport and a driver’s licence will soon require the Public Services Card – but that’s only the beginning.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 14 July, 2017

Irish woman dies in East Africa RIP

Irish woman dies in East Africa

The Department of Foreign Affairs says that it is providing consular assistance in the case.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 4 May, 2017

Government: 'We raised concerns on status of women with Saudi Arabia'

“Ireland has a long-standing and proud record in the area of women’s rights and children’s rights,” Minister Flanagan said.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Ibrahim Halawa's trial delayed for 22nd time

Concerns have been raised about his health.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 31 March, 2017

Irish pensioner arrested in Cyprus after loaded guns and crossbow found in his home

The man is being questioned by police.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 7 February, 2017

Irish government joins Europe in criticising Israel's new settlement law

The EU’s foreign policy chief says it “crosses a new and dangerous threshold by legalising under Israeli law the seizure of Palestinian property rights”.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 17 January, 2017

Egyptian president 'willing' to use pardon powers for Ibrahim Halawa

The Irishman’s trial was delayed for an 18th time today.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 31 December, 2016

'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986

A number of incidents involving Irish trawlers and foreign submarines were reported in 1986.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 26 December, 2016

Charlie Flanagan's gift of choice? A bog oak pen

Politicians do write a lot.

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