Vietnam has opened its market to Irish pigmeat in a move which Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said would give pig producers “a vital foothold” in a key market. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Vietnam has opened its market to Irish pigmeat in a move which Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said would give pig producers “a vital foothold”(...)

Simon Coveney: “I am firmly of the view that it is vital that Irish companies have access to as many markets worldwide as possible.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Burgeoning Asian appetites for meat provide a major opportunity for countries such as Ireland that have a strong focus on food exports. Incomes are ri(...)

Children of the diaspora would get a “taste of Irish education” as well as introducing them to Irish history, culture and “maybe an opportunity to trace their roots”.

The Government would welcome the development of a “youth gathering” which would see children of Irish emigrants visit for up to two weeks to introd(...)

 The Department of Foreign Affairs: organised training and briefing programme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A group of government officials, leading Communist Party cadres and executives from state-owned enterprises from Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Beijing(...)

Bishops attend the  canonisation mass of John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, in the Vatican City. Photograph: Getty

Ireland’s new ambassador to the Holy See is Emma Madigan, who had been an assistant chief of protocol at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore talks to the media after his meeting with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Ireland’s diplomatic corps has been an “essential part” of efforts to restore the State’s international reputation and economic recovery, the D(...)

Ireland Hong Kong Business Forum:  Linda Lai, special representative for Hong Kong Economic Trade Affairs to the European Union, and Minister of State for  Trade and Development Joe Costello

Irish exports to China are expected to rise by 11 per cent per annum until 2030, the Irish Exporters Association said last week as the lobby gr(...)


A new video, “St Patrick’s Day 2014 #IrelandInspires” highlighting the qualities that make Ireland such a special place is rapidly gaining a bi(...)

Migrant labourers working in Qatar in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/Getty Images

It was a busy start to 2014 for the Taoiseach and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. They were on a trade mission to (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamonn Gilmore with  Peter Robinson and  Martin McGuinness. Photograph: PA

Foreign policy is normally defined as the pursuit by a state of its interests and values in relations with other states and international actors and h(...)