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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: South Sudan is one of the poorest states in Africa. Years of conflict and underdevelopment, by the violence that erupted in December 2013 have resulted in the current humanitarian crisis. In early June 2014, the number of people reported to be displaced by the current crisis in South Sudan was over 1.4 million, including 1,038,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). The security and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukrainian Conflict (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 45 together. The situation in Ukraine is a priority for the EU and we continue to monitor the situation there closely. Member States are resolved to do all they can to help facilitate an inclusive and negotiated settlement and have actively engaged in efforts to promote dialogue between all sides, including the Russian Federation, since the outset of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Syrian Conflict (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: Ireland remains fully committed to a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria. Although reaching a political resolution is a difficult challenge, it remains the best option and the only alternative to the further intensification of the military conflict. UN Secretary General Ban is likely in the near future to announce a new Special Representative to replace former Joint Special...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Egyptian Conflict (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: I have made clear on a number of occasions my concerns over the current human rights situation in Egypt. These concerns are widely shared by our EU partners, as should be clear from the firmly worded Conclusions on Egypt adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council on 10 February. While welcoming the adoption of the new Egyptian constitution in January, the Council deplored the absence of a fully...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: EU Enlargement (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: The European Union follows very closely the situation in the countries of the Western Balkans, as they undertake significant reforms to prepare to join the Union. The enlargement process is founded on the Copenhagen criteria, which reflect the Union’s founding values: peace, democracy, the rule of law, respect for fundamental rights, and a functioning market economy. Countries wishing...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: I continue to follow closely developments in Colombia’s peace process. Together with European Union and UN colleagues, I welcome progress made to date and I encourage the parties to the talks to continue their work with a view to securing a comprehensive peace agreement as soon as possible. Three areas of the negotiations are now subject to provisional agreement. These are the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Trade Agreements (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: My Department has responsibility for the Export Trade Council, which I chair, and which works to strengthen cooperation and coordination across all Government Departments and State agencies involved in the promotion and development of trade, tourism and investment and to oversee the coordination and implementation of the Government Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy. On 24 February 2014 I...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Diplomatic Representation (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: In recent years the growing polarisation over the nuclear issue, and the isolationism of the Iranian authorities, has made it very difficult to discuss or progress issues relating to human rights, civil society, democratic principles etc. The new Government in Iran has made some welcome statements on improving the protection of human rights. Ireland and our EU partners would strongly...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Consular Services Provision (2 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: The application referred to by the Deputy, for a Certificat de Coutume (civil letter of freedom), was received in the Consular Section on 24 June, 2014. As my Department receives a large number of applications for such certificates we request that applications be submitted no later than four months before the date of the intended marriage to allow sufficient time for processing I understand...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: International Agreements (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights opened for signature by UN Member States in New York in September 2009. To date, 45 states have signed the Optional Protocol. This includes 11 of the 28 European Union Member States. 15 states have ratified the Optional Protocol: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cap Verde, Ecuador,...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Honorary Titles (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: Since 2000, we are aware of eight cases where titles of nobility or of honour were conferred on Irish citizens by another State, one in 2001, two in 2005, one in 2008, two in 2013 and two in 2014. In all eight cases, we understand that the persons concerned were also citizens of the State conferring the awards. The prior approval of Government was sought and granted in all cases, except one....

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights Issues (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: The Government continues to closely follow the situation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar/Burma and those who have left Myanmar/Burma for neighbouring states. I am aware of the UNHCR’s estimates that more than 86,000 persons have left Myanmar/ Burma on boats since June 2012. I am also aware of the continuing problem of internally displaced peoples within Myanmar. Ireland together with...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Military Aircraft Landings (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: The Air Navigation (Foreign Military Aircraft) Order 1952 gives the Minister for Foreign Affairs primary responsibility for the regulation of activity by foreign military aircraft in Ireland. My Department grants permission for the landing of foreign military aircraft at Shannon Airport subject to conditions that apply to landings at Irish airports by foreign military aircraft; namely that...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Diplomatic Representation (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: Brazil has made remarkable progress in terms of economic growth and social development since its return to democracy a little over 25 years ago. Notably, and very positively, Brazil has developed and delivered policies that have lifted an estimated 40 million people from poverty. Large sporting events such as the World Cup have enormous potential to benefit widely the societies in which they...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: The crisis in Ukraine was a major focus of discussions at the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) last week, which I attended. Ministers were briefed on the current situation by the new Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, who presented his President’s peace plan and called for our support. In our conclusions, we welcomed the plan as a major chance for de-escalation and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Commemorative Events (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: The centenary of the Rising in 2016 will be the centre-piece of the Government’s decade of commemorations programme. The format and programme for the 2016 commemoration in Dublin is still under consideration. In September 2013, in my speech to the British-Irish Association, I noted a responsibility to be attentive and respectful of all traditions on this island in our approach to the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Middle East Peace Process (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: I propose to take Questions Nos. 104 and 106 to 108, inclusive, together. Direct negotiations between the parties were suspended at the end of April, and there is no immediate prospect of the talks being resumed. The essential issues behind the breakdown were the profound lack of trust between the two sides, insufficient political commitment, particularly by the Israeli Government, to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Application Refusals (1 Jul 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: All passport applications are subject to the provision of Passports Act, 2008 (the Act). The issue of a passport is, therefore, the culmination of an important and legally-binding process. The checks and balances within the passport process embrace the standard principles that are provided for in the Act and help to ensure that the person in question is an Irish citizen andthat the identity...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Services (26 Jun 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: The Passport Service provides a comprehensive range of options for citizens to apply for passports. An appointment service has been in operation at the Molesworth Street Passport Office for over a year. The service allows customers to book via a simple web based system a guaranteed time slot between 9:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday. The service removes the necessity for any citizen to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: International Relations (26 Jun 2014)

Eamon Gilmore: I have not received any representations on the subject of the Deputy’s question nor had any discussions with the British authorities in regard to the presence of a harp on the royal coat of arms. I am however happy to assure the Deputy that the sensitivities around the use of flags and symbols is a matter to which I give very careful attention in my work to promote peace and...

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