Minister Bruton Announces Nationwide High Power Charging Network for Electric Cars

ESB ecars to roll out nationwide high power charging hubs. The government is to fund charging points to combat ‘range anxiety’. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. today (Friday the 5th of April) announced that €20m is being invested to fund the rollout of high powered chargers across ESB ecars network.…

Statement by President Juncker on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union at the European Parliament’s plenary session

President Tajani, Honourable Members of this House,   The developments in Westminster over the past days have convinced me of what I already knew. The best way forward is the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement. It has already been agreed by the Government of the United Kingdom, endorsed by this House as well as by…

New Ambassadors present Credentials

Their Excellencies, the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, the Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today. H.E. Mrs. Ekaterini Simopoulou, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic was accompanied by her spouse, Mr. Aristidis Sandis and…

Leopold Kerney: Ireland’s Revolutionary Diplomat

Leopold Kerney was a pioneering Irish diplomat from the revolutionary generation who, with no formal training, expertise, adequate staffing or finances, forged political, economic and cultural links between Ireland and the world with the dual purpose of breaking Ireland’s link to Britain and to assert the national independence of the state. Born on 11 December…

Over €1.2 billion in EU Cohesion Funding proposed for Ireland for the period 2021-2027 – greater focus in future spending on innovation and research and development

Attendees at a Dublin seminar were told today that the European Commission is proposing to invest €1.2 billion in Cohesion Funding in Ireland over the period 2021 to 2027. €640 million is being proposed under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) while €579 million is being proposed under the European Social Fund (ESF). Today’s event…

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Today the Commission has…

Ireland pledges €25m to the Syria Crisis in 2019

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D. has reiterated Ireland’s support for those most affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria.   Today at the Brussels conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’, Ireland pledged a further €25 million in humanitarian assistance which will help address pressing…

Visit by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. to France and Belgium to mark St. Patrick’s Day 2019

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., is today beginning a visit to France and Belgium as part of a programme of Ministerial visits around the world to mark St Patrick’s Day 2019. The visit offers the Tánaiste the opportunity to deepen our excellent relations with both countries.  During his…