Discover alternative cities of the Czech Republic – 23rd January 2019

Discover interesting Czech cities that have made many of their visions a reality in the past thirty years and have undergone a fundamental transformation. They offer a wide range of of Adventure, from historic to modern architectural sites, through unusual expositions, fun parks, events and festivals, attractive countryside and gastronomy, to the opportunities to learn…

New Ambassadors present Credentials

Their Excellencies, the Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, the Ambassador of Lebanon and the Ambassador of Sweden presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today. H.E. Mr. Alexandre Cece Loua, Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Yeli Yeli Pauline Thea Ep Loua and…

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., has announced 822,000 Irish passports issued in 2018

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., has announced that the Passport Service has reached yet another record-breaking year, with over 822,000 Irish passports issued. These figures are similar to 2017 figures and, during peak periods, more than 6,500 applications were submitted in a single day. The award-winning Online…

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade continues to support consistently high number of Irish citizens in distress abroad

Over 2018, some 2,300 Irish citizens in distress abroad received consular assistance from Irish Embassies, Consulates-General and Honorary Consuls.  Consistently high numbers of Irish people have needed help in recent years as citizens travel more – and more widely – than ever before. Case officers at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin,…

New EU rules to eliminate the main loopholes used in corporate tax avoidance come into force on 1 January

The Commission welcomes the entry into force of new rules to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices. As of 1 January 2019, all Member States shall apply new legally binding anti-abuse measures that target the main forms of tax avoidance practiced by large multinationals. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: “The…

Euro celebrates its 20th birthday

The euro, Europe’s common currency, turns 20 on 1 January 2019. Exactly 20 years ago, on 1 January 1999, 11 EU countries launched a common currency, the euro, and introduced a shared monetary policy under the European Central Bank. The historic moment was a milestone on a journey driven by the ambition of ensuring stability and prosperity in…

Taoiseach launches Global Schools Programme – Irish diplomats and peacekeepers to visit secondary schools nationwide

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, today visited Ringsend College in Dublin to launch the Global Schools programme, which will see Irish diplomats and peacekeepers visiting secondary schools around the country to talk to students about the Global Ireland programme and the work they do overseas. As part of the programme, each school will be presented…