Department of Foreign Affairs provides consular assistance to over 1200 citizens in 2021

In 2021, the Department of Foreign Affairs and our mission network provided consular assistance to more than 1,200 Irish citizens overseas.  This included cases of arrest, imprisonment, missing persons, serious injury, mental health difficulty and death. The Department also supported citizens impacted by crisis situations, such as in Afghanistan, and responded to a very high…

Calls for the Oireachtas Transport Committee to prioritise safety when legislating for e-scooter use in Ireland

NCBI, the Irish Wheelchair Association and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will present their concerns regarding the use of e-scooters in Ireland to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport. The organisations have called on Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, to ensure the voices and experiences of disabled pedestrians and those with mobility needs are…

2022 Emigrant Support Programme Opens

The 2022/23 grant round for the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) opens on Wednesday 19th January. The Emigrant Support Programme provides funding to non-profit organisations that support and connect Irish communities across the world. It is administered by the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, in partnership with Irish Embassies and Consulates abroad. Minister…

Minister Brophy launches ‘Back for Business’ support programme for returning emigrants to Ireland

Today Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D. launched the ‘Back for Business’ programme and a call for applicants for this free initiative to help returned emigrants start and develop businesses in Ireland.   In its fifth year, the Back for Business developmental programme is funded from the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme,…

Government approves the nomination of 22 Ambassadorial and senior-level international appointments for 2022

This reflects the ‘Global Ireland’ ambition to double Ireland’s impact in the world by 2025 with the continued expansion of Ireland’s overseas network. On the recommendation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., the Government today approved 22 Ambassadorial level nominations from currently serving staff in the Department…