Minister Katherine Zappone T.D. launches The Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care settings

Today the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone launches the Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings. These guidelines are an important step in making all ELC services accessible to all children.  This publication will offer guidance on the refurbishment, renovation and the building of centres for Early Learning…

Coveney and Creed reject Scottish Government’s unilateral threat of ‘enforcement action’ against Irish fishing vessels

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney TD and the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. have received a formal letter of notice from the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP stating that it will deploy vessels in the Rockall area to take “enforcement…

Tánaiste launches new strategy for Ireland’s partnership with Small Island Developing States

Speaking today in Cork the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Simon Coveney T.D. launched a new strategy for Ireland’s partnership with Small Island Developing States. Speaking in advance of the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork, an international gathering of representatives of island nations from around the globe, the Tánaiste said:…

Ireland to become Co-Chair of the International Committee of the Red Cross Donor Support Group

Ireland’s leadership role in humanitarian affairs is today recognised as Ireland takes on the role of co-chair of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Donor Support Group. Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, said: “Driven by the impact of conflict and climate change, humanitarian needs have grown to…

EU Enlargement: Commission publishes annual assessment of candidate countries

The Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries.  Western Balkans A firm and credible EU perspective for the Western Balkans remains essential to drive transformation, foster reconciliation, export stability to the region and promote EU values, norms…

New Ambassadors present Credentials

Their Excellencies, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China and the Ambassador of the Republic of Benin presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today. H.E. Mr. He Xiangdong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China was accompanied by his wife Ms. Xia Lining and by Mr. Huang He, Political…