Minister Coveney announces reopening of Embassy of Ireland in Kyiv
Press release22 August 2022
The Embassy of Ireland to Ukraine has resumed operations in Kyiv, having operated remotely since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Announcing the re-opening, Minister Coveney said that “as the Embassy resumes its operations on the ground in Kyiv, the team’s key priority will be renewing and building their network of contacts with Ukrainian government officials to better inform Ireland’s provision of support and assistance to the government and people of Ukraine.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine together with our EU and other international partners. The Department continues to strongly advise against all travel to Ukraine, for any purpose (see www.dfa.ie/travel). In common with other Embassies operating in Ukraine, the Embassy will be functioning with very limited capacity to provide any in-person consular assistance.
22 August 2022
Notes to editors
- Ireland’s first resident Ambassador to Ukraine, H.E. Ms Therese Healy, presented Credentials to President Volodomyr Zelenskyy on 19 August 2021. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Coveney formally opened the Embassy on 23 August 2021 during his visit to the country.
- Minister Coveney was the first foreign minister from a UN Security Council state to visit Ukraine since Russia’s invasion of the country when he travelled to Kyiv in April. During the trip, he visited areas directly impacted by the war and held meetings with officials, including his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.