Minister Colm Brophy launches Samaritans Freephone helpline for Irish diaspora in Canada and Australia

The Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Mr. Colm Brophy, T.D., today launched Samaritans Freephone helpline for the Irish diaspora in Canada and Australia. Samaritans, in partnership with the Government of Ireland through the Emigrant Support Programme, have been working together to provide 24-hour Freephone access to the Samaritans helpline in Ireland…

New Lithuanian Ambassador Presents Credentials at at Áras an Uachtaráin

His Excellency Mr. Marijus Gudynas, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania presented his Letters of Credence to President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. The ceremonies was conducted in full compliance with Covid-19 public health guidelines, including physical distance requirements. A native of Kaunas, Lithuania, His Excellency Mr. Marijus…

Ukraine’s Olena Shaloput Delivers Testimony to Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs & Defence (Video)

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   DUBLIN — Ms. Olena Shaloput,Charge d`Affaires, Embassy of Ukraine to Ireland, delivered testimony to Dail Eireann before a Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Oireachtas on Thursday, 3 December 2020.  The hearing was Chaired by Charlie Flanagan, Teachta Dála (Laois Offaly).  Flanagan previously served as the…

Ukrainian Embassy Marks Month of Remembrance for Holodomor (Great Hunger) 1932-1933

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   DUBLIN – Ukrainian Chargé d’Affaires Mrs. Olena Shaloput marked the end of the annual Month of Remembrance to commemorate the Holodomor.  The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р, romanised: Holodomór; derived from морити голодом, moryty holodom, ‘to kill by starvation’) resulted in the death of upwards of 10 million Ukrainians between 1932-1933…

Special Interview with His Excellency Mr. Eshetu Dessie Hordofa – Addis Ababa Begins ‘Final Push’ to Quell Rebel Tigray Region

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   DUBLIN — For over a quarter of a century, Ethiopia was ruled by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).  Tigray, a semi-autonomous region in the north of Ethiopia, borders Eritrea.  Tensions along that border led Ethiopia’s ruling TPLF party to wage a lengthy war with Eritrea.  Despite an International…

Ireland Announces Further €1 million in Funding for UN Agency for Palestine Refugees

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   DUBLIN — Foreign Affairs and Defence Minister Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., announced on Thursday, 19 November that Ireland was making an additional humanitarian funding commitment of €1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).  The move comes on the…