Update on Covid Consular Flights and Ferry Access for Irish Residents Stranded in Britain – 350 Already Repatriated

Two special consular flights – one operated by Aer Lingus and one operated by Ryan Air – were organised today bringing over 350 stranded Irish residents home from Britain.  A smaller number were also accommodated on ferry routes.  The Government has agreed that a very limited service will continue during the period of the current travel restrictions in…

BREAKING NEWS – Ministers Coveney & Ryan Announce Covid Consular Flights & Ferry Access for Irish Residents Stranded in Great Britain

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, and Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, have this evening announced a minimum of 2 consular flights from Great Britain to get Irish residents stranded home to Ireland. The flights will also be accessible to Irish-bound passengers who are transiting through British airports who have also become stranded. They…

Ireland’s UN Representative, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, Delivers Testimony to Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs & Defence (Video)

DUBLIN — Her Excellency Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered testimony to Dail Eireann before a Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Oireachtas on Thursday, 17 December 2020.  The hearing was Chaired by Charlie Flanagan, Teachta Dála (Laois Offaly).  Flanagan previously served as the Minister for Justice…

Russian Ambassador Mr. Yuriy Filatov Delivers Testimony to Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs & Defence (Video)

DUBLIN — His Excellency Mr. Yuriy Filatov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation, delivered testimony to Dail Eireann before a Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Oireachtas on Thursday, 17 December 2020.  The hearing was Chaired by Charlie Flanagan, Teachta Dála (Laois Offaly).  Flanagan previously served as the Minister for Justice and prior to…

In Conversation Interview with Harvard’s George Soroka, Ph.D. on the Crimea Crisis (Video) – ICC Finds Basis War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity Committed

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   DUBLIN – George Sorika, Ph.D., a scholar at Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute discussed the academic views on the Crimea Crisis in the latest episode of In Conversation This Week with Diplomat Ireland. Dr. Soroka, who earned a Master’s degree in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (REECA)…

Minister Byrne highlights Ireland’s support for LGBTI+ rights internationally at IIEA Webinar

Today, Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, TD, joined a webinar hosted by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), alongside Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. The Minister spoke on Ireland’s position on the European Commission’s new LGBTIQ Equality Strategy and Ireland’s work to protect and promote LGBTI+ rights internationally. During the webinar,…