New Ambassadors present Credentials

Their Excellencies, the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, the Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today. H.E. Mrs. Ekaterini Simopoulou, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic was accompanied by her spouse, Mr. Aristidis Sandis and…

Leopold Kerney: Ireland’s Revolutionary Diplomat

Leopold Kerney was a pioneering Irish diplomat from the revolutionary generation who, with no formal training, expertise, adequate staffing or finances, forged political, economic and cultural links between Ireland and the world with the dual purpose of breaking Ireland’s link to Britain and to assert the national independence of the state. Born on 11 December…

Over €1.2 billion in EU Cohesion Funding proposed for Ireland for the period 2021-2027 – greater focus in future spending on innovation and research and development

Attendees at a Dublin seminar were told today that the European Commission is proposing to invest €1.2 billion in Cohesion Funding in Ireland over the period 2021 to 2027. €640 million is being proposed under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) while €579 million is being proposed under the European Social Fund (ESF). Today’s event…

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Today the Commission has…

Ireland pledges €25m to the Syria Crisis in 2019

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D. has reiterated Ireland’s support for those most affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria.   Today at the Brussels conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’, Ireland pledged a further €25 million in humanitarian assistance which will help address pressing…

Visit by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. to France and Belgium to mark St. Patrick’s Day 2019

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., is today beginning a visit to France and Belgium as part of a programme of Ministerial visits around the world to mark St Patrick’s Day 2019. The visit offers the Tánaiste the opportunity to deepen our excellent relations with both countries.  During his…

Minister of State Ciarán Cannon announces an extra €1 Million in ESP funding for Irish communities abroad

Additional €1million funding will bring resources available for grants under the Emigrant Support Programme to €12.595million. Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Ciarán Cannon T.D., today announced details of an extra €1million in funding for grants to Irish organisations abroad. The increase in the Emigrant Support Programme will build on…

Minister Bruton Proposes New Law to Protect Children Online

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D., has today (Monday the 4th of March) announced that he will introduce a new Online Safety Act to improve online safety and ensure that children can be protected online. In a speech to students, parents and teachers at St. Brigids Girls National School in Glasnevin, Minister Bruton said: “Digital technology is transforming the world…