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2014 News and Events

December 2014

Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme

12 December 2014

The Minister for Health established the Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme and Government approved Judge Maureen Harding Clark (retired High Court Judge) as Assessor for the Scheme. Judge Clark will implement the Scheme, on a confidential basis, on the Minister’s behalf.


Frank McLynn receives Irish Network Germany Annual Award

12 December 2014


Opening of Jane Hughes Exhibition Gods & Demons of the Forest

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 at 18.00

The Embassy of Ireland, Berlin is pleased to present Gods & Demons of the Forest, a solo exhibition of new work by Jane Hughes. Hughes presents a series of new drawings and video works produced daily over a period 44 consecutive days and nights approaching the Summer Solstice in an old growth forest in the South of Sweden.


Mama Amelie and the Puppy Chaos – Reading by Alva O’Dea

Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 15.30

Alva O’Dea will read from her charming bilingual book “Mama Amelie and the Puppy Chaos.” The reading will be in both English and German.


Das Irische Monatsbuch

5 November 2014

Das Irische Monatsbuch is the Embassy of Ireland’s cultural newsletter. Issued at the start of each month in English and German, it highlights upcoming cultural events at the Embassy and provides information on the Irish cultural scene throughout Germany.

December 2014/January 2015 English Edition

December 2014/January 2015 German Edition


Minister of State Harris opens public consultation to assist development of a new International Financial Services strategy for Ireland

On 21 November, Simon Harris T.D., Minister of State responsible for International Financial Services, launched a public consultation process to inform the development of a new strategy for Ireland’s International Financial Services sector. Submissions are invited on a number of key questions from interested stakeholders and members of the public who wish to put forward their views and suggestions on a new strategy.

Commenting on the public consultation, the Minister said:

"Ireland has a vibrant and competitive international financial services sector. It has grown and evolved significantly over the past three decades to become a major component of our economy in terms of employment, exports and tax revenues. As stability returns to our economy we must now focus on enhancing this sector’s continuing contribution to sustainable growth and job creation.

My priority as the first appointee to this role in over 20 years is to ensure that we have a strategy that clearly identifies what actions we must take. It will also detail the co-ordination and implementation arrangements required to ensure Ireland’s continued competitiveness. It is my intention to bring a draft strategy to Government with a view to its publication in early 2015.
I view this consultation as an opportunity for interested stakeholders to contribute to the development of this sector over the medium-term. It will complement and add to inputs received to date through my extensive engagement with key stakeholders in Ireland and overseas.”

Submissions can be made directly at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ifs_strategy, or via Government websites including www.taoiseach.gov.ie, www.finance.gov.ie, www.enterprise.gov.ie, and www.merrionstreet.ie.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 15th December 2014.


November 2014

Launch of the Goethe-Institut’s app GERMAN TRACES IN IRELAND

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, at 6.30PM

Featuring contributions from Hugo Hamilton, author of “The Speckled People” and other German-Irish Stories; Ralf Sotscheck, Irish correspondent, tageszeitung & co-author of the app; Mechtild Manus, Goethe-Institut Dublin and Denise Quinn, Tourism Ireland Frankfurt.


Das Irische Monatsbuch

5 November 2014

Das Irische Monatsbuch is the Embassy of Ireland’s cultural newsletter. Issued at the start of each month in English and German, it highlights upcoming cultural events at the Embassy and provides information on the Irish cultural scene throughout Germany.

November 2014 English Edition

November 2014 German Edition


Reading of Irland von Innen with Rainer Thielman

Tuesday, 4 November at 18.30

Rainer Thielmann, poet, singer and photographer, will present his book, “Irland von Innen” at the Embassy on Tuesday, 4 November at 18.30. Thielmann’s audience can expect to learn about Irish culture and be entertained with a few songs and anecdotes. From Ireland’s unique nature to the Northern Ireland conflict, Thielmann explores a broad range of topics.


October 2014

FACES:Ireland Exhibition by Kevin Abosch

6 October 2014

World renowned Irish visual artist Kevin Abosch presents a series of photographic portraits whereby each citizen is manifested within a curated artistic body of work as an individual, a representative of the citizenries of Germany and Ireland, and a mirror within which the viewer may see themselves reflected as someone sharing in the human experience.


Das Irische Monatsbuch

6 October 2014

Das Irische Monatsbuch is the Embassy of Ireland’s cultural newsletter. Issued at the start of each month in English and German, it highlights upcoming cultural events at the Embassy and provides information on the Irish cultural scene throughout Germany.

Das Irische Monatsbuch October 2014 EN

Das Irische Monatsbuch October 2014 German Edition


Advice for Travelling Fans Germany V Ireland 14 October 2014

2 October 2014

Consular information and travel advice for Irish football fans visiting Germany for the upcoming European Championship Qualifier on 14th October. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Nationwide strikes from today (October 15) 2pm until tomorrow (October 16) 4am. Long distance, regional and S-Bahn trains are affected and already operated under restricted timetable. Travelling fans are advised to use alternative means of transport.


September 2014

Peter Murphy at Europa Literarisch

Thursday, 11 September 2014 at 18.00

On Thursday, 11 September 2014, Irish author Peter Murphy will present and read from his debut novel "John the Revelator" at Europa Literarisch.


Das Irische Monatsbuch

Das Irische Monatsbuch is the Embassy of Ireland’s cultural newsletter. Issued at the start of each month in English and German, it highlights upcoming cultural events at the Embassy and provides information on the Irish cultural scene throughout Germany.


Opening of the exhibition ‘Oscar Wilde (1854-1900): A Writer Trapped by His Own Words: A Portrait of the Artist as a Man in Court’ at the Embassy of Ireland on Monday 8 September 2014 at 18.30

8 September 2014

The exhibition recounts the story of how Oscar Wilde wrote his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in the context both of its first publication in 1890 and his trials in the spring of 1895.


July 2014

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. visits Berlin on 3 July

3 July 2014

On 3 July, Ireland’s Prime Minister, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., made a one day visit to Berlin.


James Clancy, Photography

1st July 2014

'Cork/Berlin: A selection of black and white photography' by James Clancy will be on display for the months of July and August.


Das Irische Monatsbuch July/August

Das Irische Monatsbuch is the Embassy of Ireland’s cultural newsletter. Issued at the start of each month in English and German, it highlights upcoming cultural events at the Embassy and provides information on the Irish cultural scene throughout Germany.

June 2014


Irish Business Network Berlin/Germany North-East Summer Networking Reception

18 June 2014

On 18 June, Ambassador Michael Collins, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, hosted a networking reception for members of Berlin and Germany’s North East branch of the Irish Business Network. In his remarks to the event, the Ambassador spoke of the importance of Ireland’s global family to Ireland’s economic recovery and of the importance of the Irish Business Network here in Germany to the work of the Embassy and State Agencies in strengthening the trade and investment ties between both of our countries.


Europa Erlesen: Cork and Cork/Berlin: A section of black and white photography by James Clency

11 June 2014

On 11 June the Embassy celebrated the launch of ‘Europa Erlesen: Cork,’ edited by Jürgen Schneider, with readings by Schneider, Conal Creedon and Hans-Christian Oeser. In parallel the exhibition ‘Cork/Berlin: A selection of black and white photography’ by James Clancy was launched. On display for the month of June, the photographs formed an evocative backdrop for the evening’s reading


Das Irische Monatsbuch June

Das Irische Monatsbuch is the Embassy of Ireland’s cultural newsletter. Issued at the start of each month in English and German, it highlights upcoming cultural events at the Embassy and provides information on the Irish cultural scene throughout Germany.

May 2014


Reading by Sebastian Barry

28 May 2014

In cooperation with Ireland Literature Exchange and Steidl Verlag Göttingen, the Embassy hosted a reading by Irish writer Sebastian Barry. The event celebrated the launch of „Ein langer, langer Weg“, the German version of Barry’s “A Long, Long Way”, translated by Hans-Christian Oeser and published by Steidl Verlag.


Ambassador Collins opens Primark Cologne

2 May 2014

On 2 May, Ambassador Michael Collins was delighted to open Primark’s 12th store in Germany in Neumarkt Galerie, Cologne.