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Press release archive

December

Government commits €3 million in funding for humanitarian emergencies

29/12/14

Government commits €3 million in funding for humanitarian emergencies in Chad, Central African Republic and Yemen

Ireland represented at ceremonies to remember those who died in the Indian Ocean Tsunami

26/12/14

Ireland is being represented at a number of commemoration events to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami anniversary

Ireland pledges €10 million to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund for humanitarian emergencies

26/12/14

Ireland pledges €10 million to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund for humanitarian emergencies

Minister Flanagan welcomes entry into force of Arms Trade Treaty

23/12/14

Minister Flanagan welcomes entry into force of Arms Trade Treaty

Minister Sherlock announces €2million for conflict victims in South Sudan and refugees in Ethiopia

23/12/14

Minister Sherlock announces €2million for victims of conflict in South Sudan and refugees in Ethiopia

Ireland pledges €10 million to the UN’s CERF for humanitarian emergencies

23/12/14

Ireland pledges €10 million to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund for humanitarian emergencies

New Agreement means Brighter Days ahead for Northern Ireland - Minister Flanagan

23/12/14

New Agreement means Brighter Days ahead for Northern Ireland - Minister Flanagan

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, on Northern Ireland Talks

22/12/14

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, on Northern Ireland Talks

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D, on Northern Ireland Talks

19/12/14

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D, on Northern Ireland Talks

Ministers welcome continuance of Longwave Radio Services

19/12/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., has welcomed RTE’s decision to continue Longwave Radio services until 2017. During that period, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will fund research into Longwave Services which are of particular importance to many elderly Irish emigrants living in the UK.

Minister Flanagan welcomes the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba

18/12/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has today welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Statement by Minister Flanagan on Northern Ireland Talks

19/12/14

Statement by Minister Flanagan on Northern Ireland Talks

Minister Flanagan urges Northern Ireland Executive Parties to secure a deal this week

17/12/14

This is the tenth week of political talks in Stormont involving the Northern Ireland Executive parties and the British and Irish Governments.

Minister Flanagan condemns attack on Pakistan school

16/12/14

Minister Flanagan condemns attack on Pakistan school

First formal meeting with British Foreign Secretary and Minister Flanagan concludes a positive year

16/12/14

First formal meeting with British Foreign Secretary and Minister Flanagan concludes a positive year for Irish-British relations

Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, on the attack in Sydney

16/12/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, has extended sympathies to the Australian people following today's tragedy in Sydney.

Minister Murphy in Brussels to discuss Iraq, Syria, Western Balkans, Ukraine and Ebola

15/12/14

Minister Murphy in Brussels to discuss Iraq, Syria, Western Balkans, Ukraine and Ebola

Minister Flanagan meets Secretary of State to discuss next steps in Talks

12/12/14

Minister Flanagan meets Secretary of State to discuss next steps in Talks

Minister Deenihan announces Mental Health Funding for New York Irish

11/12/14

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., today announced more than €72,000 in funding to provide counselling and suicide prevention services to the Irish community in New York.

Minister Flanagan signs agreement to boost links with China

9/12/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today signed a wide-ranging agreement to boost research, education, and technology ties between Ireland and China.

Sherlock welcomes prospect of lower Northern Ireland Corporation Tax Rate

4/12/14

A lower corporation tax rate in Northern Ireland would boost the economies on both sides of the border, Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock TD, said today.

Minister Sherlock announces funding to help stabilise Ukraine

4/12/14

Minister Sherlock announces funding to help stabilise Ukraine

Minister Deenihan Visits Irish Community in Paris

3/12/14

Minister Deenihan Visits Irish Community in Paris

Minister attends NI Political Talks and meets with US Senator Gary Hart

3/12/14

Minister attends NI Political Talks and meets with US Senator Gary Hart

Ireland continues to excel in delivering effective aid – OECD

2/12/14

Ireland continues to excel in delivering effective aid – OECD

Statement by Minister Flanagan on the 'Hooded Men' case

2/12/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has announced that Government today (Tuesday) has decided to request the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in the case of the ‘Hooded Men’. He said the decision had been taken following a review of thousands of recently released documents and taking account of the legal advice received.

November

Minister Deenihan returns from Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Australia

28/11/14

Minister Deenihan returns from Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Australia

Middle East and Ukraine top agenda as Minister Flanagan addresses Seanad

27/11/14

There is now a new opportunity for the EU to appraise its Middle East strategy, the Minister for Foreign and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, told Senators this afternoon during a debate on the Middle East and Ukraine.

Minister prepares Progress Report for Taoiseach on NI Political Talks

25/11/14

Minister prepares Progress Report for Taoiseach on NI Political Talks

Government announces new funding to fight Ebola in West Africa

23/11/14

Government announces new funding to fight Ebola in West Africa

Minister Deenihan announces funding to support Irish emigrants to Australia

23/11/14

Minister Deenihan announces funding to support Irish emigrants to Australia

Ministers Welcome Steps on U.S. Immigration Reform

21/11/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and the Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., this morning welcomed the announcement by President Obama of changes to the U.S. immigration system.

Minister Deenihan leads Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Perth and Brisbane

21/11/14

The Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., will today begin an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Australia, leading 18 innovative, exporting Irish construction and engineering companies in an effort to boost trade between the two countries.

Minister Flanagan launches Documents in Irish Foreign Policy, Volume IX

20/11/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., this evening launched the latest in the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series, covering the period when the Free State became a Republic and the first Inter-Party Government was established under Taoiseach John A. Costello.

Minister Flanagan meets with representatives of Newtowncunningham and Convoy Orange Halls

20/11/14

Today, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, will meet with representatives from two Donegal Orange Halls destroyed by arson attacks in recent months.

Ministers in Belfast as Talks Process enters crucial phase

19/11/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State Seán Sherlock T.D. are in Belfast this morning [19 November] for the Northern Ireland political talks which are now entering their sixth week.

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan T.D., on the Har Nof synagogue murders

18/11/14

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan T.D., on the Har Nof synagogue murders

Minister Jimmy Deenihan visits Australia to meet Irish community and promote trade

18/11/14

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan T.D., begins a visit to Australia today to lead an Enterprise Ireland trade mission and meet with members of the Irish community and organisations providing support to emigrants.

Minister Flanagan condemns attack on PSNI officers in North Belfast

17/11/14

Minister Flanagan condemns attack on PSNI officers in North Belfast

Minister Flanagan discusses Ukraine, the Middle East and Ebola with EU Foreign Affairs Ministers

17/11/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, today attended the monthly meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers where Ukraine, the Middle East, Ebola, and Bosnia and Herzegovina were among the matters discussed.

Minister Flanagan meets EU Foreign Ministers to discuss the Middle East, Ebola and Ukraine

17/11/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, will today meet EU Foreign Ministers to discuss the Middle East, Ebola and Ukraine.

Minister Flanagan congratulates finalists in All Island School Choir Competition

16/11/14

The final of the All Island School Choir Competition is taking place in the Titanic building in Belfast this evening.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade co-hosts Inaugural Alumni Conference

14/11/14

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade co-hosts Inaugural Alumni Conference

Minister Charlie Flanagan travels to London to support Irish software and financial services firms

13/11/14

Minister Charlie Flanagan travels to London to support Irish software and financial services firms to increase exports

Ministers welcome progress in Northern Ireland Talks

13/11/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and Minister of State, Seán Sherlock T.D., today welcomed the good progress that was made during this week's political talks in Belfast.

Minister Flanagan briefs the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade

11/11/14

Minister Flanagan briefs the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade on Ireland’s response to Ebola, the Middle East Peace Process and the situation in Ukraine

Defence Forces Personnel to assist in Ireland's Response to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa

11/11/14

Defence Forces Personnel to assist in Ireland's Response to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa - Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Minister for Defence announce

Minister Flanagan to attend Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Belfast

9/11/14

Minister Flanagan to attend Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Belfast

Our challenge is to harmonise economic growth with protection of human rights

7/11/14

Our challenge is to harmonise economic growth with protection of human rights - Minister Charlie Flanagan on business and human rights

Irish Emigrants in the US to receive support of over €1.8 million - Minister Deenihan announces

6/11/14

Irish Emigrants in the US to receive support of over €1.8 million - Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan announces

Minister and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland meet all NI Executive Parties in Belfast

5/11/14

Minister and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland meet all NI Executive Parties in Belfast to review progress and set priorities for the next phase of Talks

Minister Flanagan to meet all parties involved in the Northern Ireland political talks in Belfast

5/11/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, is travelling to Belfast this morning [5 November] to meet all parties involved in the Northern Ireland political talks.

Government announces €2million in funding to help communities affected by conflict in South Sudan

4/11/14

Government announces €2million in funding to help communities affected by conflict in South Sudan and refugees who have fled to Ethiopia.

Minister discusses measures to boost trade, tourism and investment at Export Trade Council

4/11/14

Minister Flanagan discusses measures to boost trade, tourism and investment in new markets at Export Trade Council

Government signs three landmark agreements with Ethiopia

3/11/14

Ireland has today cemented its strong relations with Ethiopia with the signing of three bilateral agreements.

Minister Flanagan announces weekend programme of Remembrance Sunday commemorations

7/11/14

Minister Flanagan announces weekend programme of Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Dublin, Belfast, Enniskillen and London

October

Government announces additional €1 million to tackle Ebola

31/10/14

Government announces additional €1 million to tackle Ebola

Ministers Flanagan and Sherlock welcome launch of joint British-Irish visa scheme

31/10/14

Ministers Flanagan and Sherlock welcome launch of joint British-Irish visa scheme

Irish Abroad recognised at Presidential Distinguished Service Awards ceremony 2014

30/10/14

Actress Fionnula Flanagan, top EU civil servant Catherine Day, author Thomas Keneally and Irish-American activist and publisher Niall O’Dowd were amongst those honoured with the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for 2014 at a ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin this evening.

Ministers meet all NI Executive Parties in Belfast as first phase of Talks is completed

30/10/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, and Minister of State, Seán Sherlock, spent Wednesday and Thursday engaged in meetings with all of the NI Executive Parties, with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and with the US Secretary of State’s Personal Representative, Senator Gary Hart.

Trade between Africa and Ireland to reach €24 billion by 2020

30/10/14

Trade between Africa and Ireland to reach €24 billion by 2020

Minister Deenihan meets Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP

30/10/14

Minister Deenihan meets Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP

Minister Flanagan and Senator Hart discuss NI All Party Talks

30/10/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., this morning met with Senator Gary Hart. The meeting was the first meeting between the two since Senator Hart was appointed as Secretary of State John Kerry’s Personal Representative in Northern Ireland, following meetings in Dublin and Washington DC in August and October.

Minister Flanagan to meet Senator Gary Hart in Belfast

30/10/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, is in Belfast today to attend political talks.

Minister Flanagan condemns announcement of further settlement construction in East Jerusalem

28/10/14

Minister Flanagan condemns announcement of further settlement construction in East Jerusalem

Minister Charlie Flanagan discusses legacy issues at political talks in Belfast

23/10/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan discusses legacy issues at political talks in Belfast

Minister Flanagan in Belfast to continue the political talks

23/10/14

Minister Flanagan is travelling to Belfast this morning, 23 October, to continue the political talks that began last week.

Minister Seán Sherlock attends second week of Northern talks

22/10/14

Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD was in Belfast today, participating in the ongoing political talks.

Minister Flanagan welcomes appointment of former US Senator Gary Hart

21/10/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., this evening welcomed the appointment of former US Senator Gary Hart as Personal Representative of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, including on issues relating to Northern Ireland.

Minister Flanagan welcomes intensification of efforts to tackle Ebola

20/10/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has welcomed the announcement that the EU will intensify efforts to tackle the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Minister Flanagan meets EU Foreign Ministers to discuss Ebola, the Middle East and Ukraine

20/10/14

Minister Flanagan meets EU Foreign Ministers to discuss Ebola, the Middle East and Ukraine

Ireland appointed to lead UN negotiations on a new Global Development Agenda

19/10/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and the Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Cooperation, Seán Sherlock T.D., have warmly welcomed Ireland’s appointment by the United Nations to lead international negotiations over the coming year on a new global development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals.

Minister Seán Sherlock hails All Island Co-Operation in Derry

17/10/14

Minister Sherlock is in Derry today to address key businesspeople and visit the North West Regional Science Park.

Minister Flanagan welcomes strong Ireland-Canada ties while hosting Canadian Foreign Minister

17/10/14

Minister Flanagan met the Hon. John Baird, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada in Dublin to discuss international issues, bilateral relations, trade opportunities and migration.

Minister Flanagan to launch database of Irish serving in Australian forces in the First World War

16/10/14

Minister Flanagan to launch database of Irish serving in Australian forces in the First World War

Minister Flanagan describes Talks in Northern Ireland as positive

16/10/14

Minister Flanagan describes Talks in Northern Ireland as positive

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade briefs NGOs on Ebola crisis

16/10/14

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade briefs NGOs on Ebola crisis

Minister Flanagan welcomes RTÉ decision to appoint new London Correspondent

15/10/14

Minister Flanagan welcomes RTÉ decision to appoint new London Correspondent

Statement on Northern Ireland Talks by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

16/10/14

Statement on Northern Ireland Talks by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

New Ambassadors present Credentials

15/10/14

Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of Namibia and the Kingdom of Sweden presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

Minister Flanagan welcomes increase in financial support to the Irish Diaspora to over €12.5m

14/10/14

Minister Flanagan welcomes increase in financial support to the Irish Diaspora to over €12.5m

Minister Flanagan and Minister Sherlock welcome Government’s commitment to the developing world

14/10/14

Minister Flanagan and Minister Sherlock welcome Government’s commitment to the developing world: no reduction in the aid budget for 2015

Minister Flanagan welcomes invitation to participate in the London Cenotaph wreath-laying ceremony

14/10/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., welcomes invitation from British Government to participate in the London Cenotaph wreath-laying ceremony

Minister Seán Sherlock welcomes Ulster GAA commemoration of WW1 volunteers

13/10/14

Minister Seán Sherlock welcomes Ulster GAA commemoration of WW1 volunteers

Minister Flanagan announces additional €2.5 million in funding to Gaza

12/10/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, announces additional €2.5 million in funding to Gaza at major Cairo conference

Minister Flanagan and Minister Sherlock congratulate the winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

10/10/14

Minister Flanagan and Minister Sherlock congratulate the winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

New Ambassadors Present Credentials

8/10/14

New Ambassadors present Credentials

Statement by Minister Flanagan following meeting with new US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley

8/10/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, today met the new US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, to discuss Irish-US trade relations; Northern Ireland; and immigration reform.

Statement by Minister Flanagan following meeting with Northern Secretary Villiers

7/10/14

Statement by Minister Flanagan following meeting with Northern Secretary Villiers

Statement by Minister Flanagan in relation to the attack on the PSNI

7/10/14

Statement by Minister Flanagan in relation to the attack on the PSNI

Minister Flanagan to discuss Northern Ireland talks with Northern Secretary

7/10/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., will meet the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, M.P., in Dublin today, to discuss the forthcoming political talks in Northern Ireland.

Irish-Austrian trade grows significantly; Minister Flanagan to open Irish-Austrian Business Forum

6/10/14

The President of Austria, Dr Heinz Fischer and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, will open an Irish Austrian Business Forum in Dublin tomorrow to highlight business opportunities in both countries.

Minister Flanagan condemns attack on Donegal Orange Hall

3/10/14

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D.

Minister Sherlock announces over €1 million in additional funding to fight Ebola outbreak

3/10/14

Minister Sherlock announces over €1 million in additional funding to fight Ebola outbreak

Minister Sherlock travels to Sierra Leone to assess response to Ebola outbreak

1/10/14

Minister Sherlock travels to Sierra Leone to assess response to Ebola outbreak - First European Minister to visit region since outbreak

Minister Flanagan to meet business and political leaders in Boston

1/10/14

Minister Charlie Flanagan will complete his first official trip to the United States with a series of consultations with business and political leaders in the State of Massachusetts.

September

Minister Flanagan announces recipients of Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for 2014

30/9/14

Minister Flanagan announces recipients of Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for 2014

Minister Flanagan meets U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

30/9/14

Minister Flanagan meets U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington D.C.

Visit to Ireland of President Pahor of Slovenia

30/9/14

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Mr Borut Pahor will begin a two-day working visit to Ireland today.

Minister Flanagan to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and address UN General Assembly

29/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., will today meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the Minister's keynote address to the UN General Assembly on Monday afternoon.

Minister Sherlock welcomes resumption of Northern Ireland talks

28/9/14

Minister Sherlock welcomes resumption of Northern Ireland talks

Minister continues talks with US Government ahead of new round of Talks in Northern Ireland

28/9/14

Minister Flanagan continues high level talks with US Government ahead of a new round of Talks in Northern Ireland

Minister Flanagan to meet Irish community groups in New York

27/9/14

Minister Flanagan to meet Irish community groups in New York

Minister Charlie Flanagan announces new Irish peacekeeping initiative at major New York summit

26/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., today announced a new Government programme to train African peace-keepers.

Minister Charlie Flanagan highlights economic recovery and promotes Irish companies in US

26/9/14

Minister Charlie Flanagan highlights economic recovery and promotes Irish companies in US

Minister Flanagan co-hosts major international summit on achieving zero hunger

25/9/14

Minister Flanagan co-hosts major international summit on achieving zero hunger in the United Nations in New York.

Minister Sherlock calls on J1 students to build networks of goodwill

25/9/14

Minister Sherlock calls on J1 students to build networks of goodwill

Minister Charlie Flanagan ratifies a key UN Protocol to strengthen the rights of Irish children

24/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., today signed and ratified an important protocol to a UN convention designed to strengthen children’s rights.

Minister discusses threat of ISIS with US Secretary of State and EU Foreign Ministers

24/9/14

The ongoing threat posed by ISIS is expected to dominate discussions when Minister Charlie Flanagan, and fellow EU Foreign Ministers, meet US Secretary of State John Kerry later today.

Minister Flanagan highlights economic recovery and addresses UN General Assembly during visit to USA

24/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., today begins his first official visit to the United States as Minister, where he will promote Ireland as a choice location for US foreign direct investment and assure investors that Ireland’s economic recovery is well underway.

Minister Flanagan launches landmark outreach programme to engage students in global affairs

22/9/14

Minister Flanagan launches landmark outreach programme to engage students in global affairs

Minister Sherlock announces over €600,000 in funding and emergency supplies to tackle Ebola

22/9/14

Minister Sherlock announces over €600,000 in funding and a major dispatch of emergency supplies to tackle Ebola in West Africa

Minister Flanagan welcomes United Nations Security Council statement on UNDOF

19/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has welcomed today’s statement by the President of the United Nations Security Council which reaffirms the importance of the UNDOF mission as a vital contributor to peace and security in the Middle East.

Statement by Minister Flanagan on the outcome of the referendum in Scotland

19/9/14

Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan T.D. on the outcome of the referendum in Scotland

Minister Flanagan unveils First World War memorial

18/9/14

inister Flanagan unveils Woodenbridge World War One Memorial on centenary of passing of Home Rule Act

Minister Flanagan meets UNICEF Youth Ambassadors

17/9/14

Minister Flanagan highlights Ireland’s focus on tackling child hunger and increasing education in the developing world

Minister Flanagan calls for renewed effort in reconciliation in Northern Ireland

15/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, TD, will today urge all parties striving for peace in Northern Ireland to redouble their efforts to overcome the political impasse.

Department and the GAA are firm partners in supporting emigrants - Minister Deenihan

12/9/14

Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, will today highlight the importance of the GAA to Irish communities abroad during a discussion on emigration at the Kennedy Summer in New Ross.

Minister Charlie Flanagan urges respectful and constructive dialogue

12/9/14

‘Compromise is not a dirty word but the essence of successful politics’ - Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan urges respectful and constructive dialogue

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan on the death of Dr. Ian Paisley

12/9/14

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan on the death of Dr. Ian Paisley

Minister Flanagan announces new guidelines for diplomatic staff employing private domestic employees

12/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today announced the introduction of guidelines for members of diplomatic missions in Ireland who intend to employ private domestic workers.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade on the announcement of a ceasefire in Ukraine

5/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan on the announcement of a ceasefire in Ukraine

Minister Flanagan highlights value of trade with Britain

5/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan T.D., highlighted the importance of trade with Britain to Ireland’s economic recovery during his first official visit to London today.

Minister Sherlock focuses on North-South innovation at TEDx Stormont

5/9/14

Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-Operation, Seán Sherlock TD, spoke at a TEDx conference at Stormont today about the strong economic links North and South and our shared focus on innovation.

Minister Flanagan in London for Northern Ireland talks

5/9/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., is in London today (Friday) for talks on Northern Ireland, as well as a series of engagements with representatives of the Irish community there.

Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade on Israeli settlement expansion

1/9/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D., today condemned the announcement by Israeli authorities of the appropriation as state land of a large block of Palestinian land near Bethlehem

August

Minister Flanagan to attend meeting of EU Foreign Ministers

28/8/14

Minister Flanagan to discuss Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine at meeting of EU Foreign Ministers

Minister Flanagan launches Croke Park Classic Weekend

27/8/14

Minister Flanagan launches Croke Park Classic Weekend

Minister Flanagan welcomes ceasefire in Gaza and Israel

26/8/14

Minister Flanagan welcomes ceasefire in Gaza and Israel

Ireland pays tribute to aid workers on World Humanitarian Day

19/8/14

World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to recognise and commemorate the efforts of humanitarian workers around the world who face enormous risks every day to bring relief to people whose lives have been torn apart by war or natural disasters. This year’s theme is “The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes”.

Minister Flanagan attends emergency meeting of EU Foreign Ministers

15/8/14

Minister Flanagan attends emergency meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers

Minister Flanagan welcomes extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council

13/8/14

Minister Flanagan welcomes extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council

Government announces funding to meet immediate life-saving needs in Northern Iraq

13/8/14

Government announces funding to meet immediate life-saving needs in Northern Iraq

Minister Flanagan statement on the case of Ibrahim Halawa

12/8/14

Minister Flanagan statement on the case of Ibrahim Halawa

Minister Flanagan expresses regret at the breakdown of the ceasefire in Gaza and Israel

8/8/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has expressed his profound regret following the breakdown of the ceasefire in Gaza and Israel.

Sherlock urges businesses to look North and South

8/8/14

Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-Operation, Seán Sherlock, has called on businesses to utilise the support mechanisms available to the business community through InterTradeIreland

Minister Sherlock announces €1.5 million funding to fight the threat of famine in South Sudan

7/8/14

Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced the allocation of €1.5 million to address the immediate needs of those most at risk of famine in South Sudan.

Minister Sherlock announces €120,000 additional funding to fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa

6/8/14

Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Sean Sherlock, TD, today expressed his increasing concern at the continued spread of Ebola in West Africa and announced additional funding to help combat the disease.

Minister Flanagan statement on Irish citizens in Libya

1/8/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan, TD, made the following statement on the situation of Irish citizens in Libya.

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, congratulates Maria Walsh, the 2014 Rose of Tralee

20/8/14

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., today congratulated Maria Walsh, the Philadelphia Rose, on being crowned the 2014 Rose of Tralee.

Minister Flanagan statement on the passing of Albert Reynolds

21/8/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has expressed his condolences on the death of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

July

Minister Flanagan sets out Government position on Gaza and Ukraine

31/7/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan sets out Government position on Gaza and Ukraine

Minister Flanagan meets family of Ibrahim Halawa

31/7/14

Minister Flanagan meets family of Ibrahim Halawa

Deenihan calls on AOH to support US Immigration Reform efforts

31/7/14

Minister of State at Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan TD today addressed the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Convention in St Louis, Missouri.

Minister Flanagan visits Belfast for political talks

30/7/14

Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade visited Belfast for a series of political and community engagements. In his first working visit to Northern Ireland since his appointment, Minister Flanagan met with First Minister Peter Robinson and with deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Minister Sherlock pledges continued Irish support for the Palestinian people

25/7/14

Minister Sherlock pledges continued Irish support for the Palestinian people

Minister Flanagan speaks to Israeli Ambassador: Calls for immediate end to violence

25/7/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan, T.D., spoke earlier today with the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Boaz Modai, in order to condemn yesterday’s attack on a UN-run school in Gaza and reiterate the very grave concerns of the Irish Government and people at the current situation in Gaza and Israel.

Minister Flanagan meets Palestinian Ambassador

24/7/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today met the Palestinian Ambassador, along with Ambassadors from Morocco, Saudi Arabia and representatives from the Egyptian and UAE Embassies.

Ireland's position at UN Human Rights Council on situation in Gaza and Israel

23/7/14

Ireland's position at the UN Human Rights Council 21st Special Session on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Minister Sherlock completes first working visit to Northern Ireland

23/7/14

Minister Sherlock visited the offices of InterTradeIreland on his first working visit following his appointment to a new role with special responsibility for North-South Cooperation

Ministers Flanagan and Murphy attend General Affairs Council in Brussels

23/7/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, accompanied by Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, Dara Murphy, TD, participated in today’s General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels, the first meeting of the body under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Minister Flanagan discusses trade and investment with Asian Foreign Ministers

23/7/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today discussed measures to boost trade and investment between Ireland and Asia with Foreign Ministers from South East Asian countries

Minister Flanagan – EU Foreign Ministers agree to expand sanctions

22/7/14

Minister Flanagan – EU Foreign Ministers agree to expand sanctions

Minister Flanagan to discuss Ukraine and Gaza with EU Foreign Ministers

22/7/14

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, is meeting EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels today to discuss the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine and the current crisis in Gaza.

Government announces €500,000 in emergency funding for Gaza

21/7/14

The Government today announced funding of €500,000 for the United Nations’ emergency appeal for families affected by the devastating conflict in Gaza.

Minister Flanagan expresses concern to Israeli Ambassador

18/7/14

Minister Flanagan expresses concern to Israeli Ambassador over current conflict in Gaza/Israel

Statement by Minister Flanagan on the loss of flight MH17 in Ukraine

18/7/14

Statement by Minister Flanagan on the loss of flight MH17 in Ukraine

Statement by Minister Flanagan on the Hallett Report into the “On the Runs” issue

17/7/14

Statement by Minister Flanagan on the Hallett Report into the “On the Runs” issue

Minister Costello announces additional funding to help fight Ebola in West Africa

15/7/14

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today announced an additional €145,000 in funding to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Minister Flanagan welcomes appointment of Mary Robinson as UN Climate Change envoy

14/7/14

Minister Flanagan welcomes appointment of Mary Robinson as UN Climate Change envoy

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade supports calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza and Israel

14/7/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan, TD, has voiced his support for the UN Security Council's call for a ceasefire in the current conflict in Gaza and Israel.

Open Invitation for Submissions to Ireland’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

11/7/14

Open Invitation for Submissions to Ireland’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Minister Costello announces €1m to protect women and girls from violence

13/7/14

Minister Costello announces €1m to protect women and girls from violence

Minister Costello welcomes report praising quality of Irish Aid

12/7/14

Minister Costello welcomes report praising quality of Irish Aid

Minister Flanagan discusses cooperation ahead of July 12th parades

11/7/14

Minister Flanagan discusses cooperation ahead of July 12th parades

Minister Costello launches Mobile Surgical Skills Unit

10/7/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today launched a Mobile Surgical Skills Unit to provide surgical training in hospitals across Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Minister Gilmore condemns violence in Gaza and Israel

9/7/14

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore, TD, made the following statement on the escalating violence in Gaza and Israel

Statement by the Tánaiste on the situation in Northern Ireland

3/7/14

Following the withdrawal of the DUP and the UUP from the political talks earlier today, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D. made the following statement

Tánaiste welcomes 5 percent increase in service exports

3/7/14

The Tánaiste today welcomed the release of new CSO figures which show strong growth in Ireland’s export of services.

Tánaiste publishes advice on financial and economic activities in Israeli settlements in the OPT

3/7/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, has today published advice to Irish citizens and businesses on financial and economic activities in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Minister Costello highlights results at the launch of the Irish Aid Annual Report

3/7/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, launched the 2013 Irish Aid Annual Report, which sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid.

Minister Costello represents the Government at Somme commemoration ceremony in Belfast

1/7/14

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, today attended a service of commemoration which marked the 98th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916.

Statement by the Tánaiste on the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank

1/7/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, made the following statement on the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank

June

Ireland to send urgently-needed supplies for people displaced by violence in Iraq

29/6/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, has announced that Ireland will dispatch urgently-needed blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, and shelter supplies to those displaced by recent violence in Iraq.

Minister Joe Costello meets World Health Organisation Director General Dr Margaret Chan

26/6/14

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD today met the Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan, to discuss progress in tackling a number of global health issues including polio, malnutrition and the dangerous impact of tobacco smoking.

New Ambassadors Present Credentials

24/6/14

New Ambassadors present Credentials

Tánaiste calls for non-sectarian approach to Iraq crisis

23/6/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, discussed the deteriorating security situation in Iraq with EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg.

Tánaiste congratulates Richard Haass on Tipperary Peace Award

23/6/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., paid tribute to Dr Richard Haass for his work in Northern Ireland, which will be recognised with the prestigious Tipperary Peace Award this evening.

Tánaiste to discuss Iraq and Ukraine with EU Foreign Ministers

23/6/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, is in Luxembourg today for a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers at which the current crisis in Iraq and developments in Ukraine will dominate discussions.

Tánaiste expresses condolences on the death of Gerry Conlon

21/6/14

The Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, has expressed his condolences on the death of Gerry Conlon.

Government announces funding to GOAL for emergency assistance in Iraq

18/6/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, and Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, have announced €200,000 in funding to GOAL to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to vulnerable families fleeing conflict in Iraq.

Gilmore in Washington to discuss undocumented Irish

18/6/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., is beginning two days of meetings in Washington D.C. to highlight the plight of over 50,000 undocumented Irish people currently living in the U.S.

St. Ciaran’s National School, Hartstown, selected as 2014 Our World Irish Aid Awards winners

17/6/14

St. Ciaran’s National School, Hartstown, Dublin 15, was today announced as overall winner of the 2014 ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ with their project entitled ‘World, Don’t Hide – Cherish Every Child!’

Minister Costello highlights importance of protecting human rights defenders

17/6/14

Minister Costello addresses event to mark 10th Anniversary of EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders

Tánaiste welcomes Liu Yunshan to Ireland

16/6/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, today meets with Mr. Liu Yunshan, a leading member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Statement by the Tánaiste on latest CSO trade figures

13/6/14

Statement by the Tánaiste on latest CSO trade figures

Ireland dispatches vital supplies to refugees from Central African Republic

13/6/14

Ireland dispatches vital supplies to refugees from Central African Republic

Minister Costello calls for action to end sexual violence at London summit

12/6/14

Minister Costello calls for action to end sexual violence at London summit

Tánaiste discusses situation in Ukraine with Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President

11/6/14

Tánaiste discusses situation in Ukraine with Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President

Minister Joe Costello signs Double Taxation Agreement in Botswana

11/6/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD has signed a Double Taxation Agreement with Botswana to increase two-way trade and investment.

Minister Donohoe calls for improved EU-Arab League co-operation

10/6/14

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, TD, today (Tuesday) called for improved relations between the European Union and the League of Arab States, ahead of a ministerial meeting between the two groups.

Tánaiste stresses Government focus on Asia

6/6/14

Tánaiste stresses Government focus on Asia - Three new diplomatic missions to open across region in Autumn

Tánaiste welcomes nomination of new US Ambassador to Ireland

5/6/14

Tánaiste welcomes nomination of new US Ambassador to Ireland

Tánaiste welcomes announcement of new Palestinian Unity Government

3/6/14

Tánaiste welcomes announcement of new Palestinian Unity Government

May

Minister Costello leads Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Qatar and Oman

30/5/14

Minister Costello leads Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Qatar and Oman

Tánaiste welcomes appointment of George Hamilton as PSNI Chief Constable

29/5/14

Tánaiste welcomes appointment of George Hamilton as PSNI Chief Constable

Victims and Survivors group an example of the power of forgiveness and reconciliation - Minister

29/5/14

The Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD today hosted an event in Dublin for the ‘Victims and Survivors- Make a Difference Worldwide, Northern Ireland and Malawi’ group.

Tánaiste meets Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

29/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., met Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, today to discuss developments in the Northern Ireland Party Leaders’ Talks.

Ireland to send shelter supplies to the Balkans – Minister Costello

28/5/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, has announced that Ireland will dispatch tents, blankets, and other vital supplies to assist flood victims in the Balkans.

Tánaiste welcomes successful Presidential election in Ukraine

26/5/14

Tánaiste welcomes successful Presidential election in Ukraine

Thousands celebrate Africa Day in Dublin

25/5/14

Thousands celebrate Africa Day in Dublin

Minister Costello announces funding for flood relief in the Balkans

25/5/14

Minister Costello announces funding for flood relief in the Balkans

Minister Costello: Limerick playing a key role in marking Africa Day 2014

24/5/14

Minister Costello: Limerick playing a key role in marking Africa Day 2014

Tánaiste expresses concern over situation in Thailand

23/5/14

Tánaiste expresses concern over situation in Thailand

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore meets Dr Richard Haass

23/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, today met Dr Richard Haass to discuss developments in the Northern Ireland Party Leaders’ Talks.

Ireland to provide €2 million in emergency assistance for South Sudan

23/5/14

Ireland will provide an additional €2 million to support life-saving work in South Sudan, where an estimated five million people are in urgent need of assistance, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD has announced.

Ireland calls for Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court

21/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, has announced that Ireland will formally request the UN Security Council to refer the conflict in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Minister calls for comprehensive EU approach to crises in South Sudan and Central African Republic

19/5/14

Minister Costello calls for comprehensive EU approach to crises in South Sudan and Central African Republic

Tánaiste highlights Government supports for small business

15/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, today highlighted the Government supports available to small businesses at home and overseas.

Statement by the Tánaiste on latest CSO trade figures

14/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, noted that merchandise exports for the first quarter of 2014 increased by 1% over the same period in 2013. According to Central Statistics Office report released today, the total for seasonally-adjusted exports in this period was €21.4 billion, up from €21.2 billion for the same period in 2013.

Tánaiste expresses condolences following mining accident in Turkey

14/5/14

Tánaiste expresses condolences following mining accident in Turkey

Statement by the Tánaiste in advance of the fortieth anniversary of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings

14/5/14

Statement by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore TD, in advance of the fortieth anniversary of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings

EU imposes additional sanctions as situation in Ukraine deteriorates

12/5/14

EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels described the referendum held in eastern Ukraine yesterday as “illegitimate and illegal” and moved to impose additional sanctions against individuals, and companies based in the Crimea.

Minister Donohoe to attend Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels

12/5/14

The Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, is attending the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels today, which is expected to be dominated by the crisis in Ukraine.

Minister Costello promotes Irish aviation industry to UK customers

7/5/14

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, this evening promoted the Irish aviation industry to senior UK buyers and influencers at a business event in the Embassy of Ireland, London.

Tánaiste condemns recent violent attacks in Nigeria

7/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has expressed serious concern about the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria

Minister Donohoe attends EU-Western Balkans conference in Greece

7/5/14

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, TD, is attending an EU conference on the future of the Western Balkans today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday) in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Tánaiste announces funding for Dublin-Monaghan bombing victims

6/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today renewed his support for Justice for the Forgotten, the support group for victims and relatives of those killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

Statement by Tánaiste on the release of Gerry Adams, T.D.

4/5/14

Statement by Tánaiste on the release of Gerry Adams, T.D.

Statement by the Tánaiste - World Press Day

3/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, made the following statement on World Press Day.

Minister Costello hails success of first Mexico Dublin Business Conference

2/5/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today welcomed the Mexican Minister of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, and delegates of the Mexico Dublin Business Conference to Iveagh House, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Tánaiste highlights strategic importance of the technology sector to Ireland

1/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today highlighted the strategic importance of the ICT sector to Ireland at the announcement of the winners of Google’s inaugural ‘Call to Code’ online coding competition for post primary students.

Minister Costello welcomes NGO drive for greater accountability and value for money

1/5/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today commended Non-Governmental Organisations involved in overseas development for their commitment to delivering effective programmes to assist communities in the developing world.

Tánaiste urges Mexican business leaders to invest in Ireland

1/5/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today highlighted Ireland’s potential as a gateway to Europe for Latin American businesses seeking to invest and expand.

Ireland marks tenth anniversary of largest ever EU Enlargement

1/5/14

Ireland marks tenth anniversary of largest ever EU Enlargement

April

Tánaiste says Ballymurphy cases must be investigated

29/4/14

Tánaiste says Ballymurphy cases must be investigated

Tánaiste announces Passport Service preparations for the summer

25/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, has welcomed the Passport Service’s preparations for ensuring customer service ahead of the busy summer season.

Tánaiste welcomes United States civil rights leader for Dublin lecture

23/4/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., will this evening (Wednesday) welcome Congressman John Lewis to Iveagh House for a lecture on the US civil rights movement and its global legacy.

Minister for Trade and Development :Ireland a leader in Aid Effectiveness

16/4/14

Minister for Trade and Development :Ireland a leader in Aid Effectiveness.

Statement by Tánaiste on Northern Ireland’s Victims’ Commissioner

16/4/14

Statement by An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., on the departure of Victims' Commissioner Kathryn Stone to take up a new appointment in England

Tánaiste condemns recent violent attacks in Nigeria

16/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has expressed his concern at the recent upsurge in violence in Nigeria. In particular the Tánaiste has condemned the bombing on 14 April on a bus park in the Nyanya suburb of Abuja, which killed 71 and left many more injured, and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

State gathering to commemorate 1000th Anniversary of Battle of Clontarf

16/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, will host a gathering in Iveagh House on Wednesday 16 April 2014 to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf.

New Ambassadors Present Credentials

15/4/14

Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the People’s Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Senegal presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

Tánaiste condemns armed action in Ukraine as EU agrees further visa bans and asset freezes

14/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, has announced that EU Foreign Ministers have agreed to extend the list of those subject to visa bans and asset freezes in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Tánaiste welcomes growth in merchandise exports

14/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., has welcomed the latest CSO trade figures for February, which show that merchandise exports increased by 3 percent, or €168 million, when compared to February 2013.

Tánaiste attending Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg

14/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, is attending the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg today, where the agenda will be dominated by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Minister Costello to promote trade links on visit to Mexico

13/4/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, will promote trade and investment opportunities for Irish companies when he visits Mexico tomorrow.

Minister Costello to launch the Irish Exporters Association’s Latin America Trade Forum

9/4/14

Minister Costello to launch the Irish Exporters Association’s Latin America Trade Forum

Tánaiste supports new and high potential Irish exporters during State Visit

9/4/14

Tánaiste supports new and high potential Irish exporters during State Visit

Tánaiste meets UK Foreign Secretary William Hague during State Visit

9/4/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore, TD, will meet UK Foreign Secretary William Hague today to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Middle East Peace Process, and the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Tánaiste launches video on Irish-British relationship ahead of State Visit

7/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today launched a video on the relationship between Ireland and Britain ahead of the State Visit of President Higgins to the United Kingdom.

Tánaiste to accompany President Higgins on State Visit to the UK

7/4/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, to accompany President Higgins on State Visit to the UK

Government expresses grave concern as number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon rises

4/4/14

Tánaiste and Minister Costello express grave concern as number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon rises above one million.

Minister Donohoe to discuss Ukraine with EU Foreign Ministers

3/4/14

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, TD, will represent Ireland at the “Gymnich” informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Athens on 4-5 April.

Minister Donohoe leads Dáil motion on conflict in Ukraine

3/4/14

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, TD, today called on the Dáil to condemn the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and to pledge solidarity and support for Ukraine.

Tánaiste welcomes reduction in numbers signing on to Live Register

2/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., has welcomed the reduction in the Live Register figures announced by the CSO today.

Minister Costello attends EU-Africa Summit in Brussels

2/4/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, is representing the Government at the EU-Africa Summit, which takes place in Brussels today and tomorrow, 2-3 April 2014.

Tánaiste welcomes ratification of Arms Trade Treaty to halt weapon sales

2/4/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD, has welcomed Ireland’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is designed to stem the flow of weapons to conflict zones.

March

Tánaiste holds talks with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers

31/3/14

Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore T.D., holds talks with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers

Minister Costello welcomes report on climate change

31/3/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, today welcomed a UN report on the impacts of climate change.

Tánaiste to mark opening of new Irish consulate in Austin, Texas, with Texas Secretary of State

31/3/14

Tánaiste to mark opening of new Irish consulate in Austin

Minister Costello calls for a quicker pace of nuclear disarmament

28/3/14

Minister Costello calls for a quicker pace of nuclear disarmament

Ireland’s embassies abroad are driving economic recovery at home - Gilmore

28/3/14

Ireland’s embassies abroad are driving economic recovery at home - Gilmore

South Africa Gaels visit highlights support for global GAA

27/3/14

South Africa Gaels present the Tánaiste with a jersey at Government Buildings. The Gaels toured Ireland in advance of the Gulf Gaelic Games

$5bn Intel Investment a vote of confidence in Ireland - Tánaiste

27/3/14

$5bn Intel Investment a vote of confidence in Ireland - Tánaiste

Tánaiste announces grant of €600,000 for GAA facilities in London

24/3/14

Our contribution towards the redevelopment of Ruislip under the Emigrant Support Programme recognises the GAA’s place at the heart of London’s Irish Community.

Minister Donohoe expresses deep concern over Twitter blocking in Turkey

21/3/14

Minister Donohoe expresses deep concern over Twitter blocking in Turkey

Minister Costello announces an additional €3 million funding to the Philippines

21/3/14

Minister Costello announces an additional €3 million funding to the Philippines

Tánaiste welcomes increase in goods exports

19/3/14

Tánaiste welcomes increase in goods exports

Tánaiste seeks views on future Diaspora policy

18/3/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., launchesLaunching the review, the Tánaiste said: a public consultation process as part of a comprehensive review of the Government’s engagement with the Irish abroad.

Ireland welcomes Foreign Affairs Council agreement on Crimea

17/3/14

Ireland welcomes Foreign Affairs Council agreement on Crimea

Minister Donohoe discusses Ukraine with EU counterparts in Brussels

17/3/14

Minister Donohoe discusses Ukraine with EU counterparts in Brussels

Tánaiste says referendum outcome in Crimea is illegal

16/3/14

Tánaiste says referendum outcome in Crimea is illegal

Minister Costello celebrates 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Singapore

16/3/14

Minister Costello celebrates 40th anniversary of relations between Ireland and Singapore

Tánaiste condemns human rights violations in Syria three years from the start of the conflict

15/3/14

Tánaiste condemns human rights violations in Syria three years from the start of the conflict

Tánaiste calls for cancellation of referendum in Crimea

14/3/14

Tánaiste calls for cancellation of referendum in Crimea

Tánaiste meets President Hollande and Prime Minister Ayrault in Paris

14/3/14

Tánaiste meets President Hollande and Prime Minister Ayrault in Paris

Minister Donohoe travels to Belgium for St. Patrick’s Day

14/3/14

Minister Donohoe travels to Belgium for St. Patrick’s Day

Statement by Tánaiste on the death of Tony Benn

14/3/14

Statement by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., on the death of Tony Benn.

Statement by Tánaiste on the death of Edward Haughey

14/3/14

Statement by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., on the death of Edward Haughey

Tánaiste to discuss forthcoming European elections with President Hollande in Paris

14/3/14

Tánaiste to discuss forthcoming European elections with President Hollande in Paris

Tánaiste supports Irish exporters at trade events in France

13/3/14

Tánaiste supports Irish exporters at trade events in France

Tánaiste in Paris for trade and investment-focused St Patrick’s Day programme

13/3/14

Tánaiste in Paris for trade and investment-focused St Patrick’s Day programme

Tánaiste addresses Investment Conference

12/3/14

Tánaiste addresses Investment Conference - emphasises focus on building new trade and investment links to boost employment

Government announces funding of €4 million for Palestinian Refugee Agency

12/3/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD, and Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD today announced funding of €4 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for 2014.

Government announces additional funding for World Food Programme

11/3/14

Government announces additional funding for World Food Programme

#IrelandInspires - Tánaiste launches ‘St Patrick’s Day 2014’ video to promote Ireland

11/3/14

The three-minute video, which showcases the best of Ireland, was developed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Fáilte Ireland in coordination with the State agencies. It will be shown at hundreds of events organised by Irish embassies around the world over the St Patrick’s Day period and promoted by the embassy network and the State agencies on social media globally.

Ambassadors of Paraguay, Bangladesh and Peru present credentials

11/3/14

The Ambassadors of the Republic of Paraguay, the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Peru presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

Minister Costello highlights Ireland's support for gender equality on International Women's Day

8/3/14

Minister Costello highlights Ireland's support for gender equality on International Women's Day

Minister Costello attends High Level UN Meeting on the future of International Development

7/3/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD has attended a United Nations meeting in New York to discuss the contributions of women, young people and civil society to the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

Tánaiste announces improvements to Ireland-Canada working holiday visa programme

6/3/14

Tánaiste announces improvements to Ireland-Canada working holiday visa programme

Tánaiste addresses Small Firms Association National Awards

6/3/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D. this evening paid tribute to Ireland’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for creating two thirds of all new jobs.

Tánaiste condemns Russia’s action in Ukraine

3/3/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., strongly condemned the aggression by Russian armed forces in Ukraine and warned that the EU would impose sanctions if Russia did not move urgently to de-escalate the crisis.

Minister Costello to raise human rights abuses in Syria and Ukraine at UN Human Rights Council

3/3/14

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, will today raise human rights abuses in Syria and Ukraine when he addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.

Tánaiste to meet EU foreign ministers for emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine

2/3/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., will travel to Brussels tomorrow to discuss the escalating crisis in Ukraine with EU foreign ministers.

Government announces funding for emergency assistance

2/3/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore, T.D., and Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello, T.D., today announced €6.5 million in funding to support the United Nations’ life-saving work in Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.

Statement by the Tánaiste on the situation in Ukraine

1/3/14

Tánaiste calls on the Russian Federation to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence

February

Statement by the Tánaiste on recent developments in Northern Ireland

27/2/14

Statement by the Tánaiste on recent developments in Northern Ireland

Tánaiste calls on all sides in Ukraine to work towards stability

27/2/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore T.D., today called on all parties in Ukraine to work towards stabilising the situation in the country

Tánaiste welcomes fall in unemployment rate

27/2/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., today welcomed the fall in the unemployment rate to 12.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and, in particular, the decrease in long-term unemployment to 7.2%.

Tánaiste announces the appointment of Niall Burgess to the post of Secretary General

25/2/14

Tánaiste announces the appointment of Niall Burgess to the post of Secretary General

Minister Costello highlights deepening relationship with Hong Kong

25/2/14

Minister Costello highlights deepening relationship with Hong Kong

Government welcomes adoption of UN Security Council Resolution on Syria

24/2/14

Government welcomes adoption of UN Security Council Resolution on Syria

Tánaiste launches Review of the Government Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy

24/2/14

Tánaiste launches Review of the Government Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy

Tánaiste welcomes agreement in Ukraine

21/2/14

Tánaiste welcomes agreement in Ukraine

Gilmore in Brussels for Ukraine talks with EU Foreign Ministers

20/2/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., is in Brussels today for an extraordinary meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers to discuss the crisis in Ukraine

Minister Donohoe calls on all sides in Ukraine hostilities to desist from violence

19/2/14

Minister Donohoe calls on all sides in Ukraine hostilities to desist from violence

Tánaiste condemns the violence in Ukraine

19/2/14

Tánaiste condemns the violence in Ukraine

Irish company wins international award for passport design

18/2/14

Irish company wins international award for passport design

Statement by the Tánaiste on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

18/2/14

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., made the following statement on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

Tánaiste meets with Global Irish Network Advisory Group

17/2/14

Tánaiste meets with Global Irish Network Advisory Group

Launch of Market Access Grant Scheme & St Patrick’s Day “Promote Ireland” programme

17/2/14

Intensive programme of Ministerial trade missions and international trade events for 2014 announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs

Minister Costello announces €5.3 million for Syria crisis

16/2/14

Minister Costello announces €5.3 million for Syria crisis

New Ambassadors present Credentials

12/2/14

Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Republic of South Africa, and France presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

Tánaiste to discuss continuing unrest in Ukraine with EU Foreign Ministers

10/2/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., is meeting EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels today to discuss the continuing unrest in Ukraine and the latest developments in Syria.

Minister Donohoe encourages more engagement by Unionist MLAs with Dáil Eireann

6/2/14

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe T.D., this afternoon (Wednesday) encouraged a greater level of engagement by Northern Ireland Unionist MLAs with members of Dáil Éireann.

Tánaiste to present results of Trade Strategy Review to the Export Trade Council

6/2/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., will today chair the first meeting of the Export Trade Council (ETC) of 2014, at which he will present the findings of the recently-completed Review of the Government’s Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy.

Tánaiste and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to discuss NI political talks

6/2/14

Tánaiste and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to discuss NI political talks

Statement on investigation concerning the Passport Offices in Dublin

5/2/14

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today confirmed that a joint Passport Service / Garda investigation has been taking place at the Passport Offices in Molesworth Street and Balbriggan.

Tánaiste announces €935,000 in funding for NI peace and reconciliation projects

3/2/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has announced €935,000 in grants to support community organisations working on both sides of the border.

Tánaiste publishes Ireland’s Economic Diplomacy in Action, 2013

2/2/14

Ireland’s Economic Diplomacy in Action 2013 details the economic and promotional work undertaken by Ireland’s Embassy network last year.

January

Statement by Eamon Gilmore following the fire in Leuven, Belgium

31/1/14

Statement by Eamon Gilmore following the fire in Leuven, Belgium

Minister Costello addresses Seanad on humanitarian crises

30/1/14

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD will address the Seanad on the humanitarian situation in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic today at 11.45 AM.

Emerging markets key to new Irish jobs: Gilmore

30/1/14

Emerging markets key to new Irish jobs: Gilmore

Political leaders must work together to advance Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU prospects

30/1/14

Political leaders must work together to advance Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU prospects – Minister Donohoe

Government Targeting 12,000 Extra Construction Jobs

29/1/14

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., has said the Government is targeting an additional 12,000 jobs in the construction sector over the next three years.

Tánaiste condemns Cairo bombings

24/1/14

Tánaiste condemns Cairo bombings

Passport Service reminds you to check your passport

24/1/14

Passport Service reminds you to check your passport

Tánaiste in Luxembourg to address business leaders on bailout exit

23/1/14

The Tánaiste delivers a keynote speech to 800 members of the Luxembourg Business Federation on challenges faced by Ireland in exiting the EU/IMF programme.

Violence cannot be a solution to current impasse in Ukraine - Minister Donohoe

23/1/14

Minister Donohoe has called for democratic dialogue between the Ukrainian Government and Opposition so that an end can be brought to the horrific violence taking place there.

Minister for European Affairs welcomes expansion of Embassy network

21/1/14

Minister for European Affairs welcomes expansion of Embassy network

Tánaiste announces expansion of Irish Embassy network in support of trade & aid

21/1/14

This will include five new Embassies and three new Consulates, which will be established in locations across South East Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Tánaiste welcomes suspension of Iran sanctions

20/1/14

Tánaiste welcomes suspension of Iran sanctions

Tánaiste meets EU Foreign Ministers to discuss humanitarian situation in Syria

20/1/14

Tánaiste meets EU Foreign Ministers to discuss humanitarian situation in Syria

Minister Costello calls for urgent response to Central African Republic crisis

19/1/14

Minister Costello calls for urgent response to Central African Republic crisis

$100m Investment Fund to create jobs and strengthen Ireland-China relations

17/1/14

$100m Investment Fund to create jobs and strengthen Ireland-China relations

Tánaiste welcomes strong agri-food export numbers in difficult global trading environment

17/1/14

Tánaiste welcomes strong agri-food export numbers in difficult global trading environment

New Ambassadors Present Credentials

16/1/14

Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Republic of Cuba, Italy and the Republic of Zambia presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

New Ambassadors present Credentials

14/1/14

New Ambassadors present Credentials

Launch of the Our World Irish Aid Schools Awards 2014

13/1/14

The Awards seek to help children in Ireland understand global issues

Ministers launch Online Records of Ireland’s First World War casualties

10/1/14

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore T.D., today launched an online archive of Ireland’s First World War records together with Northern Ireland’s First Minister, The Rt. Hon Peter D. Robinson, MLA, and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, MLA.

Minister Donohoe conveys message of support for Albania on path to EU membership

9/1/14

Minister Donohoe conveys message of support for Albania on path to EU membership

Tánaiste expresses condolences on death of Paul Goggins, MP

8/1/14

Tánaiste expresses condolences on death of Paul Goggins, MP

Tánaiste announces funding for peace and reconciliation projects

5/1/14

Tánaiste announces funding for peace and reconciliation projects

Minister Donohoe in Albania for EU discussions

8/1/14

Minister Donohoe in Albania for EU discussions

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued more than 630,000 passports in 2013

3/1/14

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued more than 630,000 passports in 2013, with the months of May and July recording the highest demand.

Ireland to provide 40 tonnes of emergency aid to South Sudan

2/1/14

Ireland to provide 40 tonnes of emergency aid to South Sudan