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Newsline: South Korean embassy objects to development near ambassador’s residence in Dublin

The South Korean embassy has cited the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as part of an effort to prevent a development next to its ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Embassy officials filed a detailed three-page objection to proposals before Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to build on a site beside its ambassador’s official residence, Seoul Manor, in Carrickmines, south Dublin. As part of the planning application for the two-storey house at the Glenheather property on Brennanstown Road, a portion of the site would be given over to the council so that a curve in the road might be widened.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/korean-embassy-objects-to-development-near-ambassador-s-residence-1.3388784

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Newsline: ‘No decision made’ amid reports Israel may close Dublin embassy in cost-cutting move

Israeli embassy in Dublin may be facing closure due to severe budget cuts in the country’s Foreign Ministry. There were initially plans to shutter as many as 22 embassies and consulates around the world but that number was subsequently reduced to seven, however the Ballsbridge embassy remains on the chopping block, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth reports. It is the only mission in western Europe that is slated for closure. The others are embassies in Belarus, the Dominican Republic, Eritrea and, either Latvia or Lithuania, as well as consulates in Atlanta, USA, and Bengaluru, India.

http://www.thejournal.ie/israel-close-embassy-in-ireland-3810452-Jan2018/

Newsline: Kazakhstan is opening embassy in Ireland

The largest and richest country in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is opening an embassy in Ireland to expand trade between the two countries, learn how to attract multinationals and build an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) like that in Dublin. Rustam Tazhenov, who will represent Kazakhstan in Ireland as charge d’affairs, says the embassy will open early in the new year, and is likely to be located “somewhere close to Fitzwilliam Square” in Dublin 2. “The main reason we are opening the embassy in Dublin is to expand economic relationships between Ireland and Kazakhstan in various sectors,” says Mr Tazhenov. “In compliance with Irish protocol, some official paperwork has to be done before we could officially announce the opening of the Kazakh embassy in Dublin. Nevertheless, the ceremony of presenting credentials to the President of Ireland by the Kazakh ambassador is scheduled for the beginning of next year.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/kazakhstan-opening-embassy-in-ireland-to-expand-trade-and-attract-investment-1.3278972

Newsline: Irish embassy in London hit by record demand for citizenship

The Irish Independent has today reported that the rush for Irish citizenship and passports in the UK reached a record high on the day British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the document paving the way for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Demand for Irish passports from people with Irish heritage in the UK soared by 94%. The surge in Irish passports from those living here has prompted the Irish Government to look to hire consultants to forecast the likely demand as the country’s exit from the EU nears. It has been estimated that there are 6.7 million people in the UK who are eligible to apply for an Irish passport.

https://www.businessworld.ie/political-news/Irish-embassy-in-London-hit-by-record-demand-for-citizenship-568650.html

Newsline: New Zealand to open embassy in Ireland

New Zealand has announced plans to open its first embassy in Dublin. At present, the country is represented here by the New Zealand High Commission in London. However, there is a New Zealand Honorary Consulate-General in the capital. An estimated 14,000 Irish-born people live in New Zealand, while approximately one-in-six New Zealanders claim Irish heritage – out of a total population of 4.7 million.

http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.301/95697/0/

Newsline: US Embassy in Dublin accused of ‘scaremongering’ over immigration protest

The US Embassy in Dublin has been accused of ‘scaremongering’ after it published warnings about a planned protest against Donald Trump’s travel ban. The ‘United Against Racism’ demonstration is scheduled to take place outside the embassy in Dublin at 6pm this evening. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event, with the embassy advising the crowd “may exceed 1,000″. A notice on the embassy’s website says ”even protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence”. The embassy warns US citizens here to “avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations”. Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Mick Barry will address tonight’s protest, and claims the advisory is an attempt to warn-off American citizens from attending the protest. Deputy Barry described any suggestion of a threat of violence breaking out at tonight’s demonstration is “disgraceful”.

http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.301/92212/0/

Newsline: Dublin residents fail to stop plans for Indian embassy

Residents from Merrion Road in Dublin 4 have failed in their attempts to block the Indian government from establishing a new embassy on the road. An Bord Pleanála has dismissed the appeal by the Merrion Road Residents’ Association against Dublin City Council granting planning permission to the Office of the Ambassador of India to change the use of 69 Merrion Road an embassy and extend the property. In approving the move, the board rejected the recommendation of its own inspector to refuse planning permission. Inspector Derek Daly said that if the application was permitted, the area will become overwhelmingly non-residential in relation to use. However, the board ruled in deciding not to accept the inspector’s recommendation, it found that the intensity of use would be acceptable at this location. The current Indian embassy is located at Leeson Park in D4. Ambassador, Smt. Radhika Lol Lokesh is to remain at the Indian ambassador’s residence in Foxrock. However, the application for the new embassy provoked a wave of opposition from residents’ associations representing some of the most prestigious addresses in the country.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/dublin-4-residents-fail-to-stop-plans-for-indian-embassy-1.1967369