“It’s the stuff of bad novels that you come within 10 minutes of being released and then you’re told you’re staying.” Photograph: AP/Stock

In June 2012 Irishman John said goodbye to his wife and two daughters and left for work. A few hours later he was sitting in a Kenyan police station b(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: reminded people to be vigilant in relation to their personal safety whilst travelling overseas. Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Nearly 2,200 Irish citizens in distress abroad, including 344 who were arrested and 318 who suffered medical emergencies, received consular assistance(...)

Government’s Travelwise app lists the status of every county in the world and also where help can be obtained from consulates overseas.

This week the consular services of the Department of Foreign Affairs held a consultative forum with stakeholders. Led by head of the consular servic(...)

Mountjoy Prison: All transfers  to Ireland of Irish people in prison abroad have been on hold since 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

New legislation will be required to overcome a legal issue which is preventing nearly 30 Irish people in prison abroad from serving their sentences he(...)

Bishop John Kirby: ‘more respectful’ system needed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Direct provision should be replaced with a “more respectful system’’ for migrants, the Catholic Bishop of Clonfert Dr John Kirby has said. “Pope Fran(...)

Irish citizens in Australia and Canada can avail of up to six free sessions with a qualified therapist. Photograph: iStock

Moving abroad can be a great experience and bring exciting new opportunities, but it can also result in loneliness, homesickness, or feelings of isola(...)

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The man stood in the arrivals hall in Dublin Airport, feeling euphoric, but also lost, one of an increasing number of Irish people who are deported ba(...)

Wormwood Scrubs: There are 950-1,000 Irish prisoners in various British jails, mostly in England. Photograph:  Rebecca Naden/PA

On January 25th, 1985, an ad appeared on the classifieds page of this newspaper seeking a coordinator for am organisation called the Irish Commission (...)

Spain heads the list of countries where Irish citizens are most likely to run into trouble with police, according to figures from the past five years (...)

The vast majority of Irish prisoners overseas will eventually be released, with many choosing to return home. .PA photo: Rebecca Naden.

The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) was established 30 years ago by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference following concerns about the nu(...)

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