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H.E. Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland
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Is cúis áthais dom fáilte a chur romhat go dtí láithreán gréasáin
na hAmbasáide is tá súil agam go mbeidh sé ina ghléas
úsáideach agus eolasach duit. De bhreis ar eolas a thabhairt
duit ar sheirbhísí na hAmbasáide, is foinse eolais é ar Éirinn agus
ar na Stáit Aontaithe araon agus ar na ceangail idir an dá
thír. Má's maith leat do thuairimí faoi láithreán a chur in
iúl dúinn nó má tá tuilleadh eolais uait ar Éirinn, cuir fios
A.Sh. Michael Collins, Ambasadóir na hÉireann
European Union Embassies' Open House
May 11, 2013
Event Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States
and the Embassies of the 27 EU Member States to the United States
plus incoming Member State Croatia will open their doors to the
Washington public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day. This
annual event is a highlight of the Washington May calendar and is
celebrated during Europe Week, Each embassy will open to the public
from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2013, offering a rare
look inside the buildings and providing a unique opportunity to
experience the country’s cultural heritage and national
All of our participating Embassies are located in Northwest
Washington, DC, and are easily accessible both on foot or by mass
transit. Special EU Open House shuttle buses will also be
servicing stops conveniently located throughout the area.
RSVPs are not required. Entrance to all of the Embassies and the
shuttle service is free, although some Embassies may have food or
other items for sale.
For security reasons, all visitors aged 16 and over must bring
valid photo identification to EU Open House Day. We recommend that
guests avoid bringing oversized bags, as all Embassies will conduct
security inspections. While you may bring a camera, please be aware
that certain Embassies will prohibit photography.
Fáilte! We hope you can visit our Embassy at 2234 Massachusetts
Avenue on Saturday, to experience the best of Irish culture and
For more information visit the EU Open House
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon
Gilmore T.D., has welcomed the publication of a draft Bill for
reform of the US immigration system.
The legislation – which was drafted over several months by a
bi-partisan group of eight US Senators – includes provisions that
would help resolve the plight of thousands of undocumented Irish
people who are living illegally in the US.
It also provides for future flows of legal migration between
Ireland and the US.
Welcoming the draft legislation, the Tánaiste said:
“This Bill is a very positive development which, if adopted,
would help to end the great hardship and uncertainty faced by
undocumented Irish in the US and their families here in
The inclusion of a new provision to allow several
thousand Irish citizens to legally avail of employment
opportunities in the US every year is also particularly
Both of these issues have been a key focus of my ongoing
engagement with political leaders in the US, particularly during my
visit to Washington D.C. over St. Patrick’s Day when I discussed
them with Ireland’s key friends on Capitol Hill and in the
I am conscious that the overall issues involved are complex and
sensitive ones within the US political system and that much further
debate is likely to be required before the final shape of any
overall legislation becomes clear.
I would like at this stage to express on behalf of the
Government our deepest appreciation to the bi-partisan group
of US Senators who have spearheaded this historic
initiative. The Government will continue to liaise
closely with them and other key stakeholders in Congress and
throughout the Irish-American community.
This draft Senate Bill is another significant step towards an
ultimate outcome that has been long-sought by generations of Irish
migrants to the US and their families”.
EU Trade Ministers Meeting in Dublin (17-18 April) – Focus on
As part of Ireland’s current Presidency of the European Union, an
Informal Meeting of EU Trade Ministers is taking place in Dublin on
17-18 April under the chairmanship of Minister for Jobs, Enterprise
and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. The meeting will focus on
international trade matters, including an EU-US Transatlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership, and will also be attended by Mr. Mike
Froman, US Deputy
National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs
and member of the US National Security Council and National
Economic Council. For more details, click here.
Explosions in Boston
Please call the Embassy at +1 202 462 3939, or the Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin at +1 353 1 478 0822 /
408 2000 if you have concerns about Irish relatives or friends.
The Boston authorities’ helpline number, if worried about
family/friends, is 001 617 635 4500.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has tonight sent his sympathy to the
Governor, Mayor and the people of Boston:
"On behalf of the Irish people, I am sending our sympathy and
support to Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick and to the people of
Boston who have been devastated by this senseless and terrible
event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their
Statement by the Tánaiste on Boston Marathon
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon
Gilmore T.D., tonight expressed his deepest sympathies to the
families of those killed and to those who were injured in the
explosions which took place at the end of the Boston Marathon this
"My thoughts are with the people and the authorities in Boston as
they continue to deal with this tragic situation", the Tánaiste
said. "I know that there were a significant number of Irish
participating or involved in the Marathon, and my Department - in
particular the Irish Consulate in Boston - is doing all that
it can to make contact with our nationals to check on their
situation. So far, fortunately, all have been safely
accounted for. However, the situation is still developing and
I would ask any family who may be concerned for loved ones that
they have not heard from and who might have been present in the
area to contact my Department at 01-408 2000."
Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad -
Nominations are now invited for the Presidential Distinguished
Service Award for the Irish Abroad 2013. The closing date for
return of nominations to the Embassy or your nearest Irish US
Consulate is Monday April 22nd. For more information and
a copy of the downloadable nomination form, click here.
Irish Constitutional Convention Calls on the Diaspora
On the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution by the
people of Ireland, a Convention on the Constitution has been
established to submit recommendations to the Houses of the
Oireachtas on changes to make the constitution more relevant to the
Ireland of the 21st Century.
Comprising 100 members – 66 citizens, 33 all-island
parliamentarians and an independent Chairman – the Convention will
consider eight topics during 2013, ranging from making a provision
for same-sex marriage to giving citizens resident outside the State
the right to vote in presidential elections.
The Chairman of the Convention on the Constitution, Tom Arnold
(former CEO of Concern Worldwide) invites Irish citizens resident
abroad to express their views on future Constitutional change:
“It is really important that we hear from Irish people where
ever they are located. They will bring a valuable perspective to
our deliberations and the Convention looks forward to hearing from
Irish citizens living and working abroad are being encouraged to
participate in what is an historic initiative in deliberative
democracy. The Government has undertaken to respond, by way of
Oireachtas debate, to each Convention recommendation within four
months and if it agrees with a particular recommendation for
change, to give a timeframe for a referendum.
The Convention’s plenary meetings are streamed live on the website
and include views expressed via social media platforms. Details,
including how to make a submission are available at www.constitution.ie
Visits by Taoiseach and Tánaiste and Government Ministers to United
States for St. Patrick’s Day 2013
The Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny and the Tánaiste Mr. Eamon Gilmore
travelled to Washington DC on March 18-20 as guests of President
Obama at the White House as part of an extensive St. Patrick’s Day
Programme. While in Washington, the Taoiseach and Tánaiste also
attended the traditional Friends of Ireland lunch hosted by the
Speaker of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill and a
breakfast meeting with Vice President Biden, as well as
participating in a number of meetings with political and business
leaders and the Irish-American community.
The main focus of the Taoiseach and Tánaiste’s US visit was to
highlight the very significant progress made towards Ireland’s
economic recovery and in particular Ireland’s improved
competitiveness in the two years since the Government took office.
Ireland’s strengths as a location for foreign direct investment and
overseas visitors and those of Irish companies as a source of high
quality products and services were also highlighted.
Ahead of his visit to Washington DC, the Taoiseach travelled to New
York over the previous weekend (March 16-17) where he attended the
St. Patrick’s Day parade and related celebrations. He also visited
The Rockaways area in Queens which was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy
in October 2012 and met with Mayor Bloomberg in New York.
The Taoiseach’s US programme also included visits to Los Angeles,
Silicon Valley and Seattle on the West Coast where he held a series
of meetings with existing and potential corporate investors in
Ireland as well as indigenous Irish companies operating in the US.
While In Los Angeles, he also highlighted opportunities to attract
further film investment to Ireland.
The Tánaiste’s US programme began on March 14 in Atlanta, Georgia,
where he hosted an ‘Invest in Ireland’ business forum for IDA
client and target companies. While there, he also briefed
senior management from Coca-Cola and UPS - both major Irish
employers - on recent positive economic developments in Ireland,
promoted ‘The Gathering’ at an event with Delta Airlines and
visited Georgia Tech (University) to discuss collaboration with
Irish third-level institutions and researchers.
The Tánaiste conducted a cultural programme in New Orleans on St.
Patrick’s Day where he met with a newly-established network of
Irish-born professionals and delivered a keynote address to the
On Monday March 18th, the Tánaiste’s Washington D.C.
programme included a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State
John Kerry during which they discussed the situation in Northern
Ireland, US immigration reform, plans for an EU-US Trade Agreement
and international issues including the ongoing crisis in Syria.
Meetings with other key members of Congress on the issue of US
immigration reform and undocumented Irish people in the US also
Other Government Ministers with trade, investment and
tourism-focused programmes in the US over the St. Patrick’s Day
period were Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural
Resources Pat Rabbitte (New York & Pittsburgh), Minister for
Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan (Boston),
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (Chicago) and Minister
of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Alan
Kelly (Newark, NJ). More information on the Government’s
"Promote Ireland" St. Patrick's Day 2013 programme is available
Day greetings from the President Michael D. Higgins
US Embassy Dublin has produced a video that looks at the history of
St. Patrick’s Day at the White House.
US Visit by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard
On Tuesday March 5th, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and
Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., commenced a 4-day trade
mission of 40 innovative exporting Irish companies to Texas. The
Minister’s programme comprised over 20 trade events and meetings in
Houston, Dallas and Austin (including at the SXSW trade show), as
well as holding meetings with multinational companies already
investing or considering investing in Ireland. Further details are
Minister Bruton subsequently travelled to Washington DC where he
met senior figures from President Obama's administration as part of
a drive to achieve progress on a new EU-US Transatlantic Trade
& Investment Partnership Agreement during the Irish Presidency
of the EU – click
here for more information.
Irish EU Presidency
Ireland assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
on 1st January. For information about our Presidency, please see
www.eu2013.ie, or follow us on