106. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the Syria Donor Conference; the measures Ireland is undertaking to press EU and UN member states to pursue a full diplomatic resolution to the Syrian conflict and increase humanitarian assistance to displaced Syrians who require better solutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20160/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Syrian Conflict)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Ireland has consistently been a strong donor to the victims of the Syria crisis. At the Second Brussels Conference for Syria and the Region, Ireland pledged €25 million in humanitarian support for 2018. This brings Ireland’s support since 2012 to over €100 million – our largest ever response to a single crisis. Our funding provides supports to those in need inside Syria, as well as Syrian refugees and vuln...

386. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the Fresh Start agreement in relation to Northern Ireland, specifically with regard to the Narrow Water bridge project linking counties Louth and Down; if funding for this project has been agreed; and when it is due to progress. (Question 34984/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - North-South Ministerial Council)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Full and timely implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and successor agreements, including the 2015 Fresh Start Agreement, is a key priority for the Government, as reflected in the Programme for a Partnership Government.
Since the Fresh Start Agreement was signed in November 2015, there has been sustained progress with implementation, with each administration actively pursuing the necessary work to fulfil the respective commitme...

322. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the additional human and financial resources that have been allocated to cope with the unprecedented demand for new passports and passport renewals since January 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25314/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Passport Services)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Since January 2017 almost 230 Temporary Clerical Officers have been assigned to the Passport Service and appointed to the Passport Offices in Balbriggan, Mount Street and Cork. 
Temporary Clerical Officers in the Passport Service are typically hired on twenty-six week contracts. The salary scale for these officers is the Clerical Officer salary scale, which ranges from €438.46 per week to €734.78 per week. 
A number of addition...

625. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to acknowledge the many persons from the UK who have been living here for ten years or more who may wish to now apply for an Irish passport in view of the Brexit vote; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19412/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Passport Services)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, a person must, among other things, be an Irish citizen before a passport can be issued to him or her. This requirement is set out in the Passports Act, 2008, which stipulates the conditions under which the Passport Service is permitted to issue passports. Entitlement to Irish citizenship is in turn subject to the terms of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956, as amended. 
Any UK citizen w...

166. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department will refund a person (details supplied) for costs associated with replacing their passport which was lost by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35296/16 asked on 16 Nov 2016 - Passports Misplacement)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The person to whom the Deputy refers submitted two passports by post to the Passport Service. These passports were returned to him in a delivery envelope which An Post has recorded as having been delivered to his address. The person has been in contact with my Department and was advised that as the items are recorded as collected from the Passport Service and delivered to his address he should pursue the matter with An Post.
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38. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the application for foreign birth registration of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29972/16 asked on 12 Oct 2016 - Citizenship Applications)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The original application for Irish citizenship through Foreign Birth Registration referred to by the Deputy was lodged with the Embassy in Ankara in December 2015 through our Honorary Consul in Pakistan.
Additional supporting documentation required by the Embassy in Ankara was received on 10 August 2016, and the application is now being further reviewed.
The Embassy in Ankara will contact the applicant should any additional inform...

850. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to set down the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since, including the date any position became vacant on a state board or governing body under his control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; whether the position was advertised and a shortlist provided to him by the Public Appointments Service; whether the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under his control which are not subject to the PAS system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26084/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There are no State Boards or governing bodies under the aegis of my Department.
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141. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when he expects an increase in applications for Irish passports from British citizens as a result of the British intention to leave the European Union; his plans to ensure the Passport Office is adequately resourced for an increase in applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18807/16 asked on 29 Jun 2016 - Passport Applications)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Since the referendum result there has been a notable increase in queries concerning Irish passports from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and elsewhere. However, it is too early as yet to identify the precise impact of the outcome in terms of the volume of passport applications. Statistics relating to applications are usually compiled on a monthly basis.
I would like to underline that there is no need for concern in terms of free...

1187. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to open an embassy or mission in Algeria, North Africa in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33464/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Consular Services Provision)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Any decision to adjust the State’s external representation is made by the Government based on national priorities, including our political, economic and trade priorities and the needs of Irish communities abroad. The availability of resources is also an important factor in any decision. The Government has this year approved an expansion of the network to provide for eight small-scale new missions in locations across Europe, South ...