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2015 News & Events

November 2015

J1 Summer Work and Travel Programme – employment opportunities for Irish Summer students

20 November 2015

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD on Summer J1 Programme

12 November 2015

The US sponsoring bodies managing the great majority of Irish participants in the United States Summer Work Travel Programme (known as the J1 programme) have made public plans to introduce a requirement for applicants from countries in the Visa Waiver Programme, which includes Ireland, to pre-arrange jobs as part of their Summer 2016 J1 applications.

September 2015

'The European Union - Towards a Discourse of Reconnection, Renewal and Hope’

28 September 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, may I begin by thanking Dr. Gráinne de Burca, Director of the Jean Monnet Center for Regional and International Economic Law and Justice here at your university for her invitation to give the Annual Emile Nöel Lecture.  It is an honour to deliver the lecture in honour of a great European, and as part of a sequence of lectures that have acquired a prestigious reputation. 

Visit by Minister Flanagan to New York and Washington

27 September - 1 October 2015

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., today begins a five-day visit to the United States during which he will address the UN General Assembly and meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York. The Minister will also meet in Washington with a range of senior US political contacts with whom latest developments in Northern Ireland will be the main focus.

Community, Heritage, Business and Culture: Minister Flanagan in New York

27 September - 1 October 2015

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD had a busy programme of engagements with the Irish and Irish American community during his visit to New York in late September.

Visit by An Taoiseach to New York and Connecticut

24-25 September 2015

On 24 September, the Taoiseach had a number of engagements in Connecticut.  He  travelled to Quinnnipiac University where he visited the Great Hunger Museum and was presented with  an honorary degree of humane letters. On 25 September, the Taoiseach addressed the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of Ireland.  

Address by An Taoiseach at Quinnipiac University for Honorary Degree Conferral

24 September 2015

Governor, Dr Lahey, Ambassador, Consul General, Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon to you all. I’m delighted to be here, thank you for inviting me. John Lahey, the journey to be here on this beautiful day in the Connecticut Fall, started a long time ago. But you kept the faith and considerable patience and good humour, and here we are.

Minister Harris promotes Irish International Financial Services Sector on the East Coast

15-18 September 2015

Minister Simon Harris visited New York and Boston to promote stronger business links in International Financial Services. The Irish Government's International Services Strategy IFS2020 aims to build on Ireland’s strengths in talent, technology, innovation and excellent client service, and to highlight all that Ireland has to offer as a location for specialist international financial services.

July 2015

Passport Applications: Allow at least Eight Weeks’ Turnaround Time

8 July 2015

All Irish passports are produced by the Passport Office in Dublin. Due to unprecedented demand on Irish passport services internationally, passport applications are currently taking a minimum of eight weeks to be processed and returned to us at the Consulate. Please allow at least eight weeks for your new passport to be sent to you.

June 2015

The 1916 Rising: Spotlight on role of the “exiled children in America

29 June 2015

Op Ed by Minister Charlie Flanagan, TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, published in Irish Central. 

Service of Remembrance for those who lost their lives in Berkeley

18 June 2015

A service of remembrance for all those who lost their lives in the Berkeley tragedy this week will take place at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City on Thursday next, June 25th at 6:30pm. The cathedral is located on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets,

There will be a community gathering immediately after the service at the Consulate General of Ireland, 17th Floor, 345 Park Avenue (between 51st and 52nd Streets). All are welcome to attend.

We understand that many of you may wish to offer help to those who were affected by this tragedy. Please contact the San Francisco Irish Immigration and Pastoral Center at or call +1 415-752-6006.

Book of Condolence for Berkeley Tragedy


Members of the public are invited to sign a book of condolence for the victims of the Berkeley tragedy at the Consulate General of Ireland, 345 Park Avenue, 17th floor, New York, NY 10017.

The book will be available for signature on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June from 10 am to 2pm on both days.

Please note that photo ID is required to enter the Consulate building.


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