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Newsline: Ireland to open embassy in Ukraine

Making an official visit to Ireland on June 27-28, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has reached the agreements on the opening of the Embassy of Ireland in Ukraine. “The visit to Ireland will be remembered for many moments and results… including the agreement on the opening of the Embassy of Ireland in Ukraine,” Klimkin posted on Facebook.

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ukrinform-ireland-to-open-its-embassy-in-ukraine-soon.html

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Newsline: Israel’s embassy in Ireland stalled Dublin office works over security concerns

Israel’s embassy in Ireland has stated that a planned redevelopment of Carrisbrook House in Dublin 4 “could be a significant threat to the security and privacy” of its operation. Israel’s Dublin-based embassy, which is currently housed on the fifth floor of Carrisbrook House, has put a block on the plans for the building after it lodged an appeal against a decision by Dublin council which gave Spectre (Carrisbrook) Ltd the green light to revamp the office block. Previously, the IDA’s €1 million a year expenditure on lease payments on the largely-empty Carrisbrook House came under the political spotlight.

http://www.thejournal.ie/israeli-embassy-dublin-office-2-4097382-Jun2018/

Newsline: Ireland to Open Embassy in Rabat for the First Time

Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Simon Coveney announced that his country will open a new embassy in Rabat to develop trade and business opportunities between Morocco and Ireland. “Ireland is so far one of the few European Union member states without presence in North Africa…a new embassy in Rabat will allow us to develop trading opportunities, especially in the fields of agri-food, agricultural machinery and renewable energy,” Coveney said in a statement to Moroccan state owned press, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The decision comes in line with the Global Ireland 2025 strategy to strengthen Ireland’s presence globally. The country plans to open other embassies and consulates in Cardiff, Wales; Frankfurt, Germany; Los Angeles, US; and Kiev, Ukraine, starting from 2019.

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/06/248441/ireland-embassy-rabat-first/

Newsline: Kazakhstan cancels plan for Dublin embassy over ‘protocol’ issue

Kazakhstan, the largest and richest country in central Asia, has cancelled plans to open an embassy in Ireland due to an issue over protocol with the Irish Government. Rustam Tazhenov, who has been based in Dublin and who was to be appointed charge d’affaires, said the Kazakh embassy was not opening due “to a matter of protocol” between the two countries. A premises for the embassy had been lined up close to Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin 2. he Department of Foreign Affairs declined to comment on the matter, but sources familiar with the department’s handling of the application from the Kazakhs said the country applied to open a consulate rather than an embassy. Government protocol allows countries to open only embassies in Ireland. Mr Tazhenov, who will leave Ireland shortly, declined to elaborate on the exact circumstances, but dismissed any suggestion his government sought to open a consulate.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/kazakhstan-cancels-plan-for-dublin-embassy-over-protocol-issue-1.3518438

Newsline: African embassy in Dublin targeted by cyber criminals

An African embassy in Ireland was hacked by cyber criminals, the Irish Sun can reveal. The Dublin consulate’s web system was breached for ten days — with passwords and emails comprised during the attack. Security experts revealed that the hackers had access to all the nation’s digital data — including extremely sensitive political information. Lastline intelligence threat director Andy Norton told the Irish Sun: “We track infections from sophisticated tools. “In the course of our investigation, one of the tools compromised was an African ambassador based out of Dublin. “They were able to comprise the email passwords and ­website passwords, which depending on the threat actor, can be used for the purposes of espionage, financial gain or a number of other purposes. “Whoever perpetrated the breech would have been able to log in as the ambassador and send emails as the ambassador. “They would have had access to read conversations or view any electronic ­information that was on their system. So they would have full access to the politically sensitive information.”

https://www.thesun.ie/news/2447183/african-embassy-in-dublin-targeted-by-cyber-criminals-with-hackers-gaining-access-to-entire-nations-digital-data/

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

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/