Decisions on the establishment of Honorary Consulates are taken by the Minister for Foreign Affairs having regard to our objectives to;
(i) provide consular services and/or assistance to Irish citizens;
(ii) support local Irish community efforts; and
(iii) assist in the development of trade and economic relations with the country or region concerned.
These criteria are also considered when deciding on whether to replace an existing honorary consul when he/she is retiring. Appointments of honorary consuls are always subject to the approval of the host country Government, having regard to its rules and procedures.
The appointment of an Honorary Consul is an honorary one, unsalaried and non-pensionable. Each honorary consul is entitled to an honorarium (currently €1,125 per annum) to cover their out of pocket expenses. They may also retain half of the consular fees they collect, to offset the cost of providing such services and can reclaim certain communications costs incurred as part of their service delivery. Honorary Consuls are appointed subject to terms and conditions. They are required to maintain accounts and submit these and an annual report to the Department and to comply with Irish data protection requirements.
Honorary Consuls / Honorary Consuls General for a foreign government are nominated for appointment in Ireland by the government of the sending State to the government of the receiving State. Acceptance of any appointment is by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and government of the day.
Diplomat Ireland will honour all Honorary Consuls / Honorary Consuls General that are no longer serving in their roles with the title of Honorary Consul (Emeritus), as a means of recognising their contribution, their commitment and dedication to serving during their term. An Emeritus Certificate will issue to each Honorary Consuls / Honorary Consuls General from www.emeritus.ie