Niall Burgess

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Demand for Irish passports is at a record level with applications up 8.5 per cent year on year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

More than 10,000 applications for an Irish passport were received in one day last month, an Oireachtas committee was told. Demand for Irish passports(...)

Niall Burgess, secretary general, at Iveagh House: “It is about putting the right people with the right skills into the right place at the right time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Foreign Affairs must be “much more linguistically diverse” post-Brexit for the almost one-third increase in the number of diplomatic(...)

Tokyo, Japan: the country is Ireland’s biggest trading partner in Asia  but it is one of the most expensive locations in the Irish network of 80 overseas diplomatic missions

The Government is spending almost €23 million on land and a building to house a new Irish embassy in Japan and other State agencies including Enterpri(...)

 (Left to right)  Mari Miyoshi, ambassador of Japan in Ireland, Martin Murray, executive chairman, Asia Matters,  Anizan Adnin, ambassador of Malaysia in Ireland and  Dr Xiaoyong Yue, ambassador of China in Ireland

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is hosting a heads of missions summit in Hanoi in Vietnam this month as the Government scales up its plans(...)

 Independent Alliance member and Minister for Tourism Shane Ross said a ‘compromise was reached’ over how Ministers are notified over UN votes. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Cabinet will be notified of controversial United Nations votes in advance in future following a “very direct” exchange of views over Saudi Arabia toda(...)

‘Senior sources say that the pretty broad EU view is that trade is an EU competence, and if and when the British do exit the customs union then the arrangements with Ireland will be the same as the arrangements with the rest of the EU.’

In a file held on the Government’s secure computer system there is a document containing a list of EU countries. They are classified according to th(...)

A Goal emergency response team at work in Nepal. The Department of Foreign Affairs has withheld millions of euro in funding from the aid agency pending a US government inquiry. Photograph: Goalglobal.org

The Department of Foreign Affairs withheld millions of euro in funding from the aid agency Goal pending a US government inquiry into alleged fraud re(...)

The increasing sophistication of passport and visa fraud is becoming a major challenge, a seminar to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The growing sophistication of passport and visa fraud is presenting major challenges for the Department of Foreign Affairs, a seminar on security chal(...)

US military use of Shannon Airport has long been a bone of contention for anti-war protesters. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Government received over 700 requests * last year for waivers allowing them to transport * firearms and dangerous materials through Shannon Airpor(...)

President Michael D Higgins: accompanies by group of key officials and dignatories. Photograph: Alan Betson

At least eight key Government advisors and senior civil servants attended last week’s royal banquet at Windsor Castle for the (...)

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