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Annual Travel Advice

Consular, Travel, Press Releases, Ireland, 2010

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D. today called for Irish people to exercise caution and common sense while travelling abroad this summer. The Minister pointed out that while the vast majority of trips abroad take place safely and without injury, unfortunately for a small minority the consequences of some unforeseen events can be tragic. The Minister’s comments came against a background of a rising number of deaths of Irish citizens abroad and the onset of the summer holiday season. Recent travel disruptions caused by the volcanic ash cloud also brought to mind the importance of people taking additional care in making their travel arrangements.

Minister Martin pointed out that primary responsibility for ensuring a citizen’s safety lies with the citizen themselves and it is incumbent on all to exercise common sense and to take sensible precautions. In particular, the Minister called on those travelling abroad to:

The Minister went on to state that if a citizen encounters difficulty abroad and needs consular assistance, the address and telephone numbers of all our missions overseas, including our Embassies, Consulates and Honorary Consulates can be accessed on the www.dfa.ie website.

While wishing all those about to embark on a holiday an enjoyable and happy journey, the Minister added that taking the above steps will help ensure a safe summer vacation for Irish families this year.