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#Foreign Affairs

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

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 97 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 5,203 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 5,252 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 3,563 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 4,550 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 4,342 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 4,734 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 6,647 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 13,931 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 4,871 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 3,635 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 23,355 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 4,073 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 5,517 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.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 12 January, 2013

PHOTOS: Sixteen police officers hurt in Belfast clashes
# Unrest
# Unrest

PHOTOS: Sixteen police officers hurt in Belfast clashes

Jan 12th 2013, 4:46 PM 12,688 Views 72 Comments

Meanwhile Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said the violence is nothing to do with flags and is being orchestrated by “known criminals” intent on causing chaos.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 23 November, 2012

'Collusion at senior levels' of Ugandan government agencies led to aid fraud - report
# Aid Fraud
# Aid Fraud

'Collusion at senior levels' of Ugandan government agencies led to aid fraud - report

Nov 23rd 2012, 5:48 PM 3,252 Views 37 Comments

The misappropriation of €4 million Irish aid in Uganda was supported by a ‘sophisticated and elaborate’ scheme.

# foreign-affairs - Sunday 28 October, 2012

Ugandan prime minister: 'I didn't receive misappropriated Irish money'
# Irish Aid
# Irish Aid

Ugandan prime minister: 'I didn't receive misappropriated Irish money'

Oct 28th 2012, 2:37 PM 6,895 Views 44 Comments

Amama Mbabazi says while some Irish funds were “fraudulently paid to private accounts”, some was used for its intended aims.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 25 October, 2012

Ireland suspends aid to Uganda after report suggests €4m fraud
# Irish Aid
# Irish Aid

Ireland suspends aid to Uganda after report suggests €4m fraud

Oct 25th 2012, 6:15 PM 7,973 Views 82 Comments

Eamon Gilmore has launched an immediate investigation amid suggestions the office of the Prime Minister misappropriated funds.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 15 October, 2012

Foreign Affairs committee members visit Sierra Leone
# Sierra Leone
# Sierra Leone

Foreign Affairs committee members visit Sierra Leone

Oct 15th 2012, 12:33 PM 2,457 Views 10 Comments

During their visit, they will review Ireland’s development programme and Irish Aid’s work in the country.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 31 August, 2012

Syrian refugees tell of "indiscriminate violence"
# Syria
# Syria

Syrian refugees tell of "indiscriminate violence"

Aug 31st 2012, 7:15 AM 1,912 Views 14 Comments

Joe Costello, Minister of State for Trade and Development, relates the dire tales of massacre and suffering told to him by Syrian refugees when he visited them in Jordan this week.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 18 July, 2012

Tánaiste briefing Committee ahead of Foreign Affairs Council meeting
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Tánaiste briefing Committee ahead of Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Jul 18th 2012, 7:30 AM 1,213 Views 1 Comment

Eamon Gilmore will discuss the situation in Syria, the Middle East Peace Process, relations with the Ukraine, EU-Asia trade relations and also the crisis arising from the conflict in Sudan.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Shoes, health insurance top ups and school fees - public service allowances revealed
# Allowances
# Allowances

Shoes, health insurance top ups and school fees - public service allowances revealed

Jul 4th 2012, 9:49 AM 10,644 Views 68 Comments

Millions in school fees and cost of living expenses are paid to those posted overseas, while details of allowances paid across many of the departments have been revealed.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 14 May, 2012

EU council urges resumption of Israel-Palestine negotiations
# Middle East
# Middle East

EU council urges resumption of Israel-Palestine negotiations

May 14th 2012, 4:00 PM 965 Views 12 Comments

Council reaffirms commitment to a two-state solution and peace in the region.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 9 March, 2012

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Foreign affairs, Europe
# One Year In
# One Year In

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Foreign affairs, Europe

Mar 9th 2012, 2:00 AM 402 Views 3 Comments

We look at the progress made by Eamon Gilmore and Lucinda Creighton in their pledges to change our wider relationships.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 7 March, 2012

Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss situation in Syria today
# Syria
# Syria

Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss situation in Syria today

Mar 7th 2012, 7:15 AM 980 Views 3 Comments

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will attend the Oireachtas meeting.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Arming Syrian opposition would 'contribute to civil war situation' - Tánaiste
# Syria
# Syria

Arming Syrian opposition would 'contribute to civil war situation' - Tánaiste

Feb 28th 2012, 7:20 AM 823 Views 35 Comments

Eamon Gilmore was speaking as EU foreign ministers agreed further sanctions on Syria but there is no sign of military intervention of any sort.

# foreign-affairs - Monday 30 January, 2012

Ireland may reopen 'modest' Vatican embassy in future, says Gilmore
# Vatican Embassy
# Vatican Embassy

Ireland may reopen 'modest' Vatican embassy in future, says Gilmore

Jan 30th 2012, 4:39 PM 2,686 Views 60 Comments

Eamon Gilmore says it’s possible that a recovery in the public finances may allow Ireland to reopen its Holy See embassy.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 19 January, 2012

LIVE: Paddy Ashdown addresses the Oireachtas EU Affairs committee
# Serbia
# Serbia

LIVE: Paddy Ashdown addresses the Oireachtas EU Affairs committee

Jan 19th 2012, 11:37 AM 790 Views 1 Comment

Lord Ashdown briefs the committees on EU and Foreign Affairs on issues facing the Western Balkan region.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 2 August, 2011

Michael D Higgins says previous support for Ezra Nawi was a "human rights issue"
# Ezra Nawi
# Ezra Nawi

Michael D Higgins says previous support for Ezra Nawi was a "human rights issue"

Aug 2nd 2011, 2:47 PM 2,232 Views 4 Comments

Higgins and Senator Mark Daly “did not know” of Norris ex-partner’s rape conviction when they backed David Norris in a 2009 Oireachtas Joint Committee motion for support of Nawi in Israeli defence forces’ attack claim.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 15 July, 2011

FG's Charlie Flanagan says the Papal Nuncio should be expelled
# Cloyne
# Cloyne

FG's Charlie Flanagan says the Papal Nuncio should be expelled

Jul 15th 2011, 7:40 AM 950 Views 39 Comments

The Vatican’s response to allegations of clerical sex abuse in Cloyne was described as “unhelpful”.

# foreign-affairs - Saturday 4 June, 2011

Former Martin advisor expelled from Afghanistan over Taliban talks
# Wikileaks
# Wikileaks

Former Martin advisor expelled from Afghanistan over Taliban talks

Jun 4th 2011, 11:20 AM 602 Views 1 Comment

A WikiLeaks cable reveals that a former advisor to Micheál Martin was expelled over accusations he held talks with militants.

# foreign-affairs - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

Gilmore ‘hopes to recognise full Palestinian state’
# Palestine
# Palestine

Gilmore ‘hopes to recognise full Palestinian state’

Mar 22nd 2011, 7:30 PM 1,472 Views 19 Comments

Eamon Gilmore adds, however, that Ireland won’t recognise Palestine as a state before it gains full control of its own territory.

# foreign-affairs - Thursday 24 February, 2011

Air Corps planes remain in Malta as Libyan conflict continues
# Libya
# Libya

Air Corps planes remain in Malta as Libyan conflict continues

Feb 24th 2011, 9:28 PM 1,191 Views 0 Comments

The two Air Corps planes deployed to assist with evacuations remain in Valletta as officials try to assemble a taskforce.

# foreign-affairs - Wednesday 26 January, 2011

Israel enraged by Irish upgrade for Palestinian envoy
# Diplomacy
# Diplomacy

Israel enraged by Irish upgrade for Palestinian envoy

Jan 26th 2011, 11:20 AM 1,238 Views 0 Comments

Ireland gives the Palestinian delegation the status of ‘mission’ – a move blasted by Israel as a symptom of its “bias”.

# foreign-affairs - Friday 14 January, 2011

Prime minister takes over in Tunisian 'internal coup'
# Tunisia
# Tunisia

Prime minister takes over in Tunisian 'internal coup'

Jan 14th 2011, 7:59 PM 643 Views 0 Comments

President Ben Ali is forced to flee – probably to France – as the Prime Minister assumes power and ends weeks of riots.