Ukrainian Embassy in Dublin Celebrates Independence Day

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor     In sharp contrast to the misery associated with the Covid-19 pandemic the Ukrainian Embassy in Dublin exuberantly celebrated Ukrainian Independence Day.  Monday, 24 August 2020, marked Ukraine’s 29th Independence Day, having proclaimed their freedom from the Soviet Union in 1991.   Celebrations in Dublin began on 23 August…

Ireland Declares Belarus Election Illegitimate – Expresses Human Rights Concerns

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor     In the lead-up to the 9 August 2020 Presidential election in Belarus incumbent President, Alexander Lukashenko, jailed opponents, barring them from participating in the election.  Into the breach stepped one barred candidate’s wife, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, launching her campaign in a bid to wrest the office from Lukashenko.  Reports…

Diplomacy in the Age of a Pandemic – a Series of Interviews with Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ireland from Around the Globe

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor     In December, 2019, almost 9 months ago, reports emerged of a novel strain of a coronavirus with an alarming infection rate.  Moving beyond an epidemic, the virus, identified and named as Covid-19, spread worldwide.  To date, some 778,082 people around the globe have been reported to have died…

India Celebrates 74th Independence Day at Dublin Embassy

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor     His Excellency Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Ambassador of India to Ireland, led his country’s Independence Day celebrations at the Indian Embassy in Dublin on Saturday, 15 August 2020, livestreaming the event to over 12,000 viewers.  Ireland boasts approximately 45,000 members of the Indian community living and working across Ireland. …

Swiss Embassy Celebrated Its National Day Virtually for 2020

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   If His Excellency Mr. Louis-José Touron, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Ireland, seemingly appeared virtually everywhere on 1 August 2020, he did.  This year Ambassador Touron substituted his regular invitation for people to join the Swiss Mission at their Dublin Embassy to appear online to celebrate the Swiss National…

Diplomacy in the Age of a Pandemic – a Series of Interviews with Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ireland from Around the Globe

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   In December, 2019 news emerged of a novel strain of a coronavirus with an alarming infection rate.  To date, some 738,965 people worldwide have been reported to have died because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The pandemic’s world-wide toll has been devastating, wrecking economies, stressing health care systems and causing…

Russia May Be First Past the Finish Line in Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor     The Russian Federation is hailing their breakthrough in developing a Covid-19 vaccine in what the head of Russia’s National Wealth Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, describes as a ‘Sputnik moment’ demonstrating Russia’s achievements as an advanced scientific nation.  “Americans were surprised when they heard Sputnik’s beeping.  It’s the same with…