Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney & Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne welcome allocation of €1.05 billion to Ireland from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D. and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne T.D. have warmly welcomed the Commission proposal for an allocation of over €1bn to Ireland from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve, which was set up to help member states most affected by Britain’s departure from the EU. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney…

Minister Coveney expresses grave concern regarding the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia and announces €2.4 million Irish Aid response to Ethiopia Humanitarian Crisis

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D., today reiterated his continuing grave concern at the effects of the ongoing conflict in Tigray Region, Ethiopia, calling for all parties to make every effort to protect civilians, to respect international humanitarian law, and to allow humanitarian access.  He announced Irish Aid funding of €2.4 million to…

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…

Minister for Foreign Affairs will attend Video Conference of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers to discuss a range of recent international developments

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D., will attend a Video Conference of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers on Thursday, 19 November. Ministers are expected to discuss a range of recent international developments, including US Presidential and Congressional elections, the recent ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh, the outbreak of conflict in Ethiopia and…

Esteemed Advocate of Peace & Veteran Palestinian Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, Dead at 65

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   DUBLIN — Saeb Erekat, the veteran Palestinian negotiator and universally recognised advocate of peace, has died at Intensive Care Unit of Hadassah-University Medical Center – Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.  He was 65.  Erekat is survived by his wife, two sons, twin daughters and eight grandchildren. The Fatah Party announced his death citing his…

50th Ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – Minister Coveney Comments – Hopeful Sign with Doubtful Impact

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   With Honduras being the 50th country having ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) the treaty will come into effect on 22 January 2021.  Ireland ratified the treaty in August of this year to mark it’s commitment to a non-nuclear world on the 75th Anniversary of…