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#Foreign Affairs

# foreign-affairs - Monday 28 July, 2014

The Seanad is coming back on Thursday to discuss Gaza and Ukraine
# Total Recall
# Total Recall

The Seanad is coming back on Thursday to discuss Gaza and Ukraine

Jul 28th 2014, 3:37 PM 8,640 Views 96 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs is expected to address the chamber.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 25 July, 2014

Advice for Irish travelers updated, as Ebola spreads to Nigeria
# Outbreak
# Outbreak

Advice for Irish travelers updated, as Ebola spreads to Nigeria

Jul 25th 2014, 7:59 PM 12,723 Views 60 Comments

A Liberian national who traveled to Africa’s most populous nation has died in quarantine in Lagos.

Israeli attack on UN school an "atrocity" --- Charlie Flanagan
# Diplomatic Relations
# Diplomatic Relations

Israeli attack on UN school an "atrocity" --- Charlie Flanagan

Jul 25th 2014, 4:28 PM 8,924 Views 99 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister has expressed his “grave concerns” to Israel’s ambassador over the attack, in which 15 people died.

"We didn’t think it was appropriate."- Charlie Flanagan defends Ireland's abstention on Gaza vote
# Under Fire
# Under Fire

"We didn’t think it was appropriate."- Charlie Flanagan defends Ireland's abstention on Gaza vote

Jul 25th 2014, 9:50 AM 14,389 Views 165 Comments

He will speak to the Israeli Ambassador but stressed that Israel has a right to defend itself.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Some Labour TDs are not happy with Charlie Flanagan
# Under Fire
# Under Fire

Some Labour TDs are not happy with Charlie Flanagan

Jul 24th 2014, 9:33 PM 16,023 Views 80 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister has been criticised after Ireland abstained from a UN vote on Gaza.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

The EU plans to impose sanctions on more Russians
# Foreign Affairs Meeting
# Foreign Affairs Meeting

The EU plans to impose sanctions on more Russians

Jul 22nd 2014, 9:47 PM 4,992 Views 27 Comments

The extent of the measures will be announced on Thursday.

Flight MH17 and Gaza to dominate EU Foreign Affairs meeting
# Conflict
# Conflict

Flight MH17 and Gaza to dominate EU Foreign Affairs meeting

Jul 22nd 2014, 6:25 AM 2,953 Views 4 Comments

Charlie Flanagan calls for immediate ceasefire to conflict in Gaza, and urges all sides involved in the Ukraine conflict to cooperate on MH17 inquiry.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 13 July, 2014

Opinion: American policy is moving ever further from European interests
# USA And Europe
# USA And Europe

Opinion: American policy is moving ever further from European interests

Jul 13th 2014, 8:30 AM 24 Views 89 Comments

Under the Obama administration the NSA has continued to grow and Libya has slipped into chaos, meanwhile relations with Russia are reaching crisis point.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Here's one who left earlier: All smiles as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore takes his last Dáil questions
# Stepping Down
# Stepping Down

Here's one who left earlier: All smiles as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore takes his last Dáil questions

Jul 2nd 2014, 12:22 PM 7,881 Views 32 Comments

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett joked that nothing’s official yet but that ‘he reads the newspapers’.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Costello says Gilmore has the 'strongest credentials' for European Commissioner job
# Off To Europe?
# Off To Europe?

Costello says Gilmore has the 'strongest credentials' for European Commissioner job

Jun 29th 2014, 12:51 PM 5,788 Views 69 Comments

He said Ireland would be looking for a significant portfolio in Europe.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 23 June, 2014

In one of his last outings, Eamon Gilmore to discuss what to do in Iraq with other EU ministers
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

In one of his last outings, Eamon Gilmore to discuss what to do in Iraq with other EU ministers

Jun 23rd 2014, 7:24 AM 4,354 Views 19 Comments

“The surge in violence represents a serious threat to the security, not only of the Iraqi people, but of the whole region,” said Eamon Gilmore.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 23 May, 2014

Travelling to Thailand? Irish citizens advised to 'exercise extreme caution'
# Military Coup
# Military Coup

Travelling to Thailand? Irish citizens advised to 'exercise extreme caution'

May 23rd 2014, 8:34 AM 16,870 Views 34 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs said there is a curfew from 10pm to 5am and Irish citizens should take extra care.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Irish people abroad really want one thing from the old country
# Emigrants
# Emigrants

Irish people abroad really want one thing from the old country

Apr 23rd 2014, 8:59 PM 36,379 Views 63 Comments

Spoiler: it involves the right to vote.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 21 March, 2014

Shutting down social media and 11 other motions at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
# Going Through The Motions
# Going Through The Motions

Shutting down social media and 11 other motions at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis

Mar 21st 2014, 8:30 AM 12,922 Views 110 Comments

Delegates at the party’s 75th annual Ard Fheis will vote on everything from disability quotas in politics to legalising marijuana.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

Irish? Living abroad? Eamon Gilmore wants to hear from you
# Suggestion Box
# Suggestion Box

Irish? Living abroad? Eamon Gilmore wants to hear from you

Mar 19th 2014, 8:00 AM 14,183 Views 75 Comments

The Government’s reviewing how it engages with the Irish overseas. You can give your two cents (pennies, jiao – whatever) from today.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 6 March, 2014

'Not appropriate' to cut Irish aid to Uganda over anti-gay laws
# Irish Aid
# Irish Aid

'Not appropriate' to cut Irish aid to Uganda over anti-gay laws

Mar 6th 2014, 1:40 PM 7,814 Views 68 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs has argued that aid to the country is going to directly assist some of the poorest people in the world and that it’s a matter of educating people.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Racing rule Sexton out of Italy game, IRFU say he might still make it
# Foreign Affairs
From The42
# Foreign Affairs

Racing rule Sexton out of Italy game, IRFU say he might still make it

Feb 27th 2014, 6:20 PM 23,827 Views 87 Comments

The French club say ligament damage will require between ’10 days and six weeks’ recovery time.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 3 February, 2014

Column: We've been given an opportunity to re-think our values as a nation... so what are they?
# We The People
# We The People

Column: We've been given an opportunity to re-think our values as a nation... so what are they?

Feb 3rd 2014, 12:55 PM 61 Views 41 Comments

Where do we stand as a nation on issues like neutrality, aid and inequality? Ireland’s Foreign Policy Review allows us to have our say, writes Hans Zomer.

1.5 billion people gained access to more Irish produce last year
# Beef Lamb Pork
# Beef Lamb Pork

1.5 billion people gained access to more Irish produce last year

Feb 3rd 2014, 11:02 AM 3,871 Views 15 Comments

The figure is included in the Department of Foreign Affair’s first report on its economic and promotional activities.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Column: Ireland is reviewing its foreign policy – but it's asking the wrong questions
# World Trade
# World Trade

Column: Ireland is reviewing its foreign policy – but it's asking the wrong questions

Feb 2nd 2014, 12:00 PM 113 Views 31 Comments

Taking the example of Ireland’s evolving relationship with Africa, it becomes clear that the DFA’s review of external relations might not be on the right track, writes Andy Storey.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 1 February, 2014

Venezuela's youth are abandoning their homeland, Ireland is their destination
# Best And Brightest
# Best And Brightest

Venezuela's youth are abandoning their homeland, Ireland is their destination

Feb 1st 2014, 10:00 AM 23,832 Views 137 Comments

Sometimes the lines outside the Irish consulate in Caracas are 200 people deep, forcing a rotating cadre of self-appointed leaders to maintain a 24-hour vigil to stop queue jumpers.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Cabinet will agree on legal services Bill "when we're ready to" --- Gilmore
# This Is Normal
# This Is Normal

Cabinet will agree on legal services Bill "when we're ready to" --- Gilmore

Jan 22nd 2014, 9:55 AM 3,534 Views 15 Comments

The Tánaiste repeatedly insisted “this is normal” in reference to the Cabinet’s progress on amendments to the legislation.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Gilmore: No problem with Sabina Higgins prison visit to Margaretta D'Arcy
# Activist
# Activist

Gilmore: No problem with Sabina Higgins prison visit to Margaretta D'Arcy

Jan 21st 2014, 10:18 AM 7,091 Views 37 Comments

The wife of President Michael D. Higgins visited the veteran peace campaigner in “private and personal” capacity, according to the Áras.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 5 January, 2014

Serie A: Slick Juve too good for Roma
# Italy
From The42
# Italy

Serie A: Slick Juve too good for Roma

Jan 5th 2014, 11:30 PM 3,711 Views 5 Comments

The side from the capital were reduced to nine men as the champions opened up an eight-point gap at the summit.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

Big jump in the number of Irish people getting married abroad
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

Big jump in the number of Irish people getting married abroad

Dec 31st 2013, 11:29 AM 15,274 Views 38 Comments

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Italy was the most popular destination.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

100 tonnes of Irish aid due to arrive in the Philippines
# Typhoon Haiyan
# Typhoon Haiyan

100 tonnes of Irish aid due to arrive in the Philippines

Nov 13th 2013, 7:59 AM 5,221 Views 16 Comments

The UN estimates more than 11.3 million people have been affected with 673,000 made homeless, since Haiyan smashed into the nation’s central islands on Friday.

Column: What is the role of human rights and foreign policy in a changing world?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: What is the role of human rights and foreign policy in a changing world?

Nov 13th 2013, 7:00 AM 86 Views 11 Comments

The Tanaiste will have the opportunity to discuss this country’s red line for human rights abuses – past which Ireland will not tolerate. I urge him to take it, writes Mary Lawlor.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

Gilmore: Irish people expect us to play our full part in Philippines relief effort
# Typhoon Haiyan
# Typhoon Haiyan

Gilmore: Irish people expect us to play our full part in Philippines relief effort

Nov 12th 2013, 10:33 AM 5,188 Views 57 Comments

It comes as the US and Britain deploy warships to the islands. Some 10,000 people are feared dead in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 8 November, 2013

Ireland ceased funding for Iran anti-drug programme over death penalty concerns
# Foreign Aid
# Foreign Aid

Ireland ceased funding for Iran anti-drug programme over death penalty concerns

Nov 8th 2013, 8:51 AM 5,229 Views 39 Comments

The country donated €600,000 to the initiative between 2005 and 2011, when the decision was made to cease supporting it.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

Government announces further €1 million in aid for Syria refugees
# Middle East
# Middle East

Government announces further €1 million in aid for Syria refugees

Sep 3rd 2013, 8:56 AM 3,550 Views 76 Comments

Minister Joe Costello says the crisis equates to “almost every child under the age of eighteen being forced to flee their homes”.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 2 September, 2013

Irish news producer freed by Egypt police after being held for five days
# Russ Finn
# Russ Finn

Irish news producer freed by Egypt police after being held for five days

Sep 2nd 2013, 6:31 PM 4,528 Views 25 Comments

Russ Finn was freed yesterday, his employers Al Jazeera have confirmed. He was held without charge after being arrested with three colleagues last Tuesday.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 31 August, 2013

Halawa siblings could find out today if they will be freed
# Day 14
# Day 14

Halawa siblings could find out today if they will be freed

Aug 31st 2013, 7:30 AM 4,328 Views 49 Comments

News on the release of the four – held in Cairo for the last fortnight – is expected today or tomorrow, according to a sister of the siblings.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

Gilmore: Syria needs a political solution - not a military invasion
# Foreign Intervention
# Foreign Intervention

Gilmore: Syria needs a political solution - not a military invasion

Aug 28th 2013, 6:21 PM 4,718 Views 125 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs described the deliberate use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria as “a very serious war crime” – but called for diplomacy rather than an invasion.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Irish citizens told to avoid all non-essential travel to Egypt as violence escalates
# Cairo
# Cairo

Irish citizens told to avoid all non-essential travel to Egypt as violence escalates

Aug 14th 2013, 3:55 PM 6,623 Views 24 Comments

Scores were killed in a crackdown on camps of Morsi loyalists this morning. A month-long state of emergency has been declared in the country.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Two Passport Office employees questioned in passport fraud investigation
# Criminal Investigation
# Criminal Investigation

Two Passport Office employees questioned in passport fraud investigation

Jul 24th 2013, 8:03 AM 13,841 Views 35 Comments

The investigation began in May when irregularities were found in the issuance of two passports.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 30 June, 2013

Embassy maintenance and repairs cost the taxpayer €5.7 million in 2011 and 2012
# Traveller's Cheques
# Traveller's Cheques

Embassy maintenance and repairs cost the taxpayer €5.7 million in 2011 and 2012

Jun 30th 2013, 8:30 AM 4,863 Views 17 Comments

Moving embassies in London and Rome, as well as bomb-proofing two buildings in Northern Ireland are among the biggest expenditures.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 27 May, 2013

EU's foreign ministers still can't decide whether to arm Syria's rebels
# Syria
# Syria

EU's foreign ministers still can't decide whether to arm Syria's rebels

May 27th 2013, 6:50 PM 3,620 Views 37 Comments

A summit of foreign ministers struggled to reach a compromise on whether to extend an arms embargo after this week.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

No, really: Russia says somebody stole its Eurovision votes
# Azerbaijaysus!
# Azerbaijaysus!

No, really: Russia says somebody stole its Eurovision votes

May 21st 2013, 1:45 PM 23,342 Views 30 Comments

A minister says Russia came second in Azerbaijan’s public vote – and wonders why his country awarded Russia nul points.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

The Irish government is giving €2.5m for the humanitarian crisis in Mali
# Mali
# Mali

The Irish government is giving €2.5m for the humanitarian crisis in Mali

May 15th 2013, 8:15 AM 4,054 Views 51 Comments

The money is part of a €520 million aid package from the EU to help Mali rebuild its country following a war with Islamist militants earlier this year.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 18 March, 2013

Gilmore to meet John Kerry in Washington today
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Gilmore to meet John Kerry in Washington today

Mar 18th 2013, 12:46 PM 5,504 Views 43 Comments

The Tánaiste will discuss how America’s plans to reform its immigration laws will affect tens of thousands of Irish people in the US.