The Embassy works with a number of Irish state agencies to pursue opportunities to enhance the political and economic relationship between Ireland and Italy and promote Ireland and the Irish Arts.
This includes work to:
Working with the right expertise in relevant state agencies is part of our successful strategy.
The Ambassador chairs the local market team which consists of Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, Tourisim Ireland and the IDA Ireland.
The Irish Food Board, known as Bord Bia, acts as a link between Irish food, drink and horticulture suppliers and existing and potential customers throughout the world. Bord Bia has a network of overseas offices including here in Italy in Milan. For more details please visit their website.
Enterprise Ireland (EI) is the government organisation responsible for developing and growing Irish enterprises in world markets. Enterprise Ireland has an office in Milan; it also has a network of nine regional offices throughout Ireland and over 30 international locations. For more details please visit their website.
Tourism Ireland markets the island of Ireland as a holiday destination overseas. It devises and implements world-class marketing programmes and provides industry partners with opportunities to market their own products and services alongside Tourism Ireland overseas. Tourism Ireland has an office here in Milan. For more details please visit their website.
Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency) is responsible for attracting and developing foreign investment. IDA Ireland covers Italy from its office in Berlin. For more details please visit their website.
The Embassy of Ireland in Rome is also accredited to Libya.
Ireland does not currently have any representation in Libya. Passport applications and general consular queries from Irish citizens should be addressed to the Embassy of Ireland in Rome.
In order to improve the visa service, as of 01 January 2011, all visa applications from applicants resident in Libya will be processed at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi.
Applicants resident in Libya should first complete their visa application form on-line. Once the online application is completed, applicants resident in Libya will be directed to send their supporting documentation directly to the Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi for processing.
More information on how to contact the Visa Office at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi can be found on the website of that Embassy: www.embassyofireland.ae
The Embassy of Ireland in Rome is also accredited to San Marino.
Ireland does not currently have any representation in San Marino. Passport applications, visa applications and other consular queries should be addressed to the Embassy of Ireland in Rome.
Nationals of San Marino, like most non-EEA nationals, require an employment permit in order to work in Ireland.
It should be noted, however, that it is not necessary for evidence of the Labour Market Needs test to be submitted with applications from San Marino nationals.
Full details of how to apply for an employment permit can be found on the website of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
The Embassy in Rome also serves as the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the three specialised food and agriculture agencies of the United Nations that are based in Rome:
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is the principal UN agency with responsibilities in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development. It works towards the alleviation of hunger and poverty through promoting agricultural development, food security, and raising nutritional standards. In terms of Ireland’s engagement with FAO, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is the lead Department and pays Ireland's annual subscription to the organisation's regular programme budget. Irish Aid, the development co-operation division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), also supports some of the operational activities of FAO through extra-budgetary contributions.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid agency of the UN and is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. It provides emergency food supplies in disaster situations as well as food aid to support social and economic development in poor countries. WFP is an important partner for Ireland's humanitarian aid programme. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine both provide cash contributions to WFP. Ireland’s contributions to WFP have increased significantly in recent years.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was established to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in developing countries. Through low-interest loans and grants, IFAD works with governments to develop and finance programmes and projects that enable rural poor people to overcome poverty themselves. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) contributes to the Fund through replenishments which take place approximately every three years.
The Ambassador is the Permanent Representative of Ireland to these organisations.