Ireland in Burundi and Eritrea
Diplomatic relations between Ireland and Burundi were established with a formal exchange of letters in Brussels in 2004. Ireland is currently represented on a non-residential basis by the Ambassador in Dar-es-Salaam, Ambassador Fionnuala Gilsenan, who presented credentials in June 2014.
In addition to providing consular support to Irish citizens resident in Burundi, the Embassy also manages the Courtney Fellowship programme. This fellowship, named in memory of the (Irish) Papal Nuncio to Burundi, Archbishop Michael Courtney, enables a Burundian student to pursue a one-year Masters level course in governance or peace studies at Trinity College in Dublin.
Ireland's merchandise trade with Burundi is quite small. In 2013, total trade amounted to €96,000 with exports constituting €88,000 of this and imports the balance.
Irish NGOs working in Burundi have received €6.35m in development funding from Irish Aid since 2007. Irish Aid also disbursed over €3 million to Burundi since 2007, mainly through our multi-lateral partners, such as the World Food Programme and UNICEF.
Ireland established diplomatic relations with Eritrea in 2002. Relations are maintained on a secondary accreditation basis via the Embassy in Tanzania. A date is being sought for Ambassador Fionnuala Gilsenan to present credentials.
Ireland's trade with Eritrea is negligible, due to UN and EU sanctions that are in place. In 2013, Ireland imported €10,000 in power generating machinery and equipment from Eritrea. In the same year, the Ambassador of Eritrea attended the Africa Ireland Economic Forum in Dublin.
Between 2011 and 2013, Irish Aid provided just under €600,000 to civil society organisations working in Eritrea.