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…

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 652,343 people worldwide have been reported to have died because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The pandemic’s toll throughout the world has been devastating, wrecking economies, stressing health care…

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 609,279 people worldwide have reportedly died because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The pandemic’s toll throughout the world has been devastating, wrecking economies, stressing health care systems and causing…

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 571,697 people worldwide have been reported to have died because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The pandemic’s toll throughout the world has been devastating, wrecking economies, stressing health care…

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 533,773 people worldwide have been reported to have died because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  In countries like the United States the infection rate is again on the rise…

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 474,668 people worldwide have been reported to have died because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The pandemic’s toll throughout the world has been devastating, wrecking economies, stressing health care…

Diplomat Ireland Remembers United States Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith (1928-2020)

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   Scion of an Eminent Family The eighth of nine children from a distinguished political family, sister of a United States President, two United States Senators, Attorney General of the United States and the Founder of the Special Olympics, Jean Kennedy distinguished herself for decades by simply not distinguishing herself. …