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Posts Tagged ‘ Department of Foreign Affairs ’

News in Brief: Scare For Bulmers And A Treat For Trees

Hug a tree this Halloween (image: community.pearljam.com)

Hug a tree this Halloween (image: community.pearljam.com)

 

Are you a fern fan or a pine nut? That’s the question we’ve all been asking this week as the nation’s most ‘loveable’ tree was put to a vote. The National Tree Huggers 2014 contest which aims to crown one of Ireland’s greatest growths and spread awareness about environmental issues closes at midnight tonight so if you want to get in on the action you better get clicking. So far an 81-year-old tree hugger is in the lead, despite not owning a computer or having access to the internet, he’s been petitioning people in the streets, and it’s obviously worked. Maybe Enda might want to try dressing up as an Oak.

A satirical article been doing the rounds this week (NIB wouldn’t know anything about those) as the story of a Mayo postman caused concern. The pinnacle of Irish press that is The Mayo Globe published a piece on a Castlebar postie who was reportedly wandering into people’s homes, eating their food and demanding they let him watch Jeremy Kyle. While some of the more quick-witted amongst us got that it was a joke there was a lot of distress in the comments. One questioned whether he was mentally well while another called for his immediate dismissal. Another in Carnhill got to the big issue though ‘Sure as long as he doesn’t use their water I can’t see what the whole fuss is about’. Continue reading

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Irishman Missing In Australia Following Surfing Incident

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A 19-year-old Irishman has gone missing off the coast of Byron Bay in Australia after he got into difficulty while surfing with friends.

The man went missing yesterday at 10:35am local time.

A 26-year-old friend of the missing man was rescued from the water, while another 20-year-old was also rescued after he sustained minor injuries. Continue reading

Body Of Irish Student Pulled From New York River

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The body of a 20 year old J1 student has been pulled from the Delaware river along the New York – Pennsylvania border.

Authorities say they discovered the body of Irishman Daven Harrison after he ran into trouble while swimming beside the raft in the area of rapids near Lumberland in Sullivan County, New York , on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading

Two Dead, 22 Injured Following Boston Marathon Blasts

At least two people have been killed and 22 others injured after two explosions ripped through central Boston as the city’s marathon came to a halt.

There was also a third blast at the JFK library about five miles away.

The blasts at the marathon, in which fifty Irish residents participated in, took place about three hours after the winners crossed the line, with one explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the finish line. Continue reading

Russian Diplomat Expelled from Ireland After Spy Row

A Russian diplomat has been expelled from Ireland, after providing Russian spies in America with fake Irish passports.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said an Irish police investigation had concluded Russian agents counterfeited and used six passports based on the identities of Irish nationals.

In its statement, the department described the incident as “disturbing” and said Ireland regretted the need to expel a diplomat from the Russian embassy in Dublin.

It declined to identify the official or the date when they must leave Ireland.

The Irish government said the Garda Síochána had completed a probe launched last June after the FBI unearthed a longstanding network of Russian spies living as US civilians.

An official statement said: “The report concludes that there is an entirely persuasive picture of Russian intelligence service involvement in the manufacture and use of false documents based on the acquisition of details of six genuine passports belonging to Irish citizens.

It said Irish foreign affairs chief told the Russian ambassador that “the effective theft of the identity of six Irish citizens are completely unacceptable and not the behaviour the government would expect from a country with which we have friendly relations.”

The statement continued: “The ambassador was also told that the accreditation of a named member of his staff with diplomatic status is to be terminated, in line with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

“It is regrettable that this action has been necessary.

“However, the primary responsibility of the government is to ensure the security and well-being of Irish citizens, which includes protection of the integrity of Irish passports.

“It is hoped that it will be possible to move on from this disturbing incident and to develop further the relationship between Ireland and the Russian Federation which is fundamentally strong and which has significant potential.”

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