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…

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…

Part II of an Exclusive, 3-Part Interview with His Excellency Dr. Masoud Eslami, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor   Part II – Continued from First Instalment of Series that Began on 27 October 2020   DUBLIN – I want to address a rather tragic affair that occurred earlier this year.  Mr. Ambassador, On 11 January of this year units of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard shot down a Ukrainian…

Exclusive, 3-Part Interview with His Excellency Dr. Masoud Eslami, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Part 1)

by Miceál O’Hurley Diplomatic Editor     Part I in a Series of III Interviews Beginning 27 October 2020   Today I have the privilege of interviewing His Excellency Dr. Masoud Eslami, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ambassador to Ireland. Prior to his appointment in Ireland, Dr. Eslami served as an advisor to Ministers of…

Special Interview Series Begins 27 October

Diplomat Ireland is launching a series of in-depth interviews with members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ireland and beyond.  Our first interviewee is His Excellency, Dr. Masoud Eslami, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Ireland.   Beginning Tuesday, 27 October 2020, Diplomat.ie will be publishing an un-precedented, 3-Part series of in-depth interviews…

Tánaiste statement on demolitions in Sur Bahir area of the Jerusalem governorate

Mr Coveney has strongly condemned this morning’s activity. In the early hours of July 22, Israeli authorities demolished 10 buildings, including over 70 apartments, in the Sur Bahir area of the Jerusalem Governorate of the West Bank. Over 350 Palestinians are impacted by the demolition, incurring significant property loss. Nine of the 10 buildings are…