Tropical Storm Nesat – safety message
29 September 2011
On Friday 30 September, the north of Vietnam will be affected by
the tropical cyclone Nesat which, having crossed the Philippines,
is currently over the South China Sea. Nesat is expected to reach
the coast of Vietnam as a tropical storm.
The Embassy of Ireland recommends that members of the Irish
community living in or passing through the north of Vietnam, in
particular the coastal regions and Haiphong/Halong/Hanoi, keep
themselves informed at regular interviews as to the meteorological
situation (for example by checking www.tropicalstormrisk.com)
and exercise due caution before considering making trips on Friday
30 September or on Saturday 1 or Sunday 2 October.
In addition to heavy rain, a tropical storm may be accompanied by
high winds of up to 100 km / hr, causing trees and objects to fall.
You should also prepare for the risk of localised flooding and
water and electricity cuts.
The Embassy of Ireland can be contacted at +84 4 3974 3291 (office
hours) or +84 91 876 3163 (duty officer).
* Application deadline extended until 30 September
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until 23 September.
Launch of the Short Stay Visa Programme, 30 June
Remarks by Mr Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice,
Equality and Defence at the launch of Ireland’s
first Visa Waiver Programme on Thursday, 30th June
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to launch the
first ever Irish Visa Waiver Programme as an integral part of the
Government’s Jobs Initiative. This Programme, which I
initiated in my Department shortly after my appointment, will make
it easier for tourist and business visitors to the UK to come to
Ireland without the need for an Irish visa.
It is designed to give a much needed boost to our tourist industry
and to encourage business development. It demonstrates the
innovative and imaginative approach of this Government and the
public sector to working our way to economic recovery. I
think it is also right that, in launching the programme, I
acknowledge the cooperation of the British government in its
I am, of course, delighted that An Taoiseach and An Tanaiste have
joined Minister Leo Varadkar and myself to mark the launch of the
Their presence here this morning signifies in a potent way the
importance this government attaches to finding innovative ways to
help our tourist industry and to develop our economy. I also want
to specially welcome all of you in the audience here – whether you
are a provider of tourism services or whether you work to support
our tourism industry.
This week, I signed into law the Statutory Instrument which will
give effect to the Programme at its start date tomorrow, 1st
July. As of tomorrow, nationals of 16 specified countries can
travel to Ireland from the UK without the need for an Irish
visa. The Programme will run as a pilot up to the end of
October 2012 but may be added to or amended at any point depending
on our experience of the pilot.
This Programme is a major breakthrough and I know that tourist
industry interests also see it as such. It is also of
considerable importance that it will facilitate those visiting
Britain, who are interested in business development, to include
this State in their itinerary. For the tourist industry this
measure represents real practical assistance at a time when it is
I am also pleased to announce today that nationals of the 16
countries involved in the Programme, who are long term legal
residents in the UK, will have the cost of a visa to Ireland waived
as part of this scheme.
There are very substantial numbers of people in this category in
the UK – some estimates suggest that it is a million plus.
This further announcement will, I believe, open up further
opportunities for our tourism industry. These potential
visitors – who may never have considered coming here for a break –
will now be able to come here with relative ease with no add-on
This concession is, I believe, a further significant development of
practical assistance and I know you will use it as a further
opportunity to generate additional badly needed tourism
activity. Like the Waiver Programme, this measure also comes
into force tomorrow.
Today's launch marks, in many ways, a significant shift in the way
policy and public services are developed in this country. Put
at it’s simplest, it is joined-up Government in action. The
main players came together in an open dialogue where there was a
shared acceptance that things needed to change to help one of our
major employers up off its knees. The Visa Waiver Programme,
as well as the waiving of the visa charge for long-term UK
residents, is a real and tangible outcome of this process of
engagement, facilitated and led by my Department.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Garda
National Immigration Bureau for their help and cooperation in
developing this Programme. Officers of the Bureau, in their
capacity as Immigration Officers, will be, of course, on the “front
line” in ensuring that the Programme runs smoothly as they are
responsible for clearing visitors to enter the State at airports
and other points of entry. The Bureau has also been a
valuable liaison with air and other carriers.
I am also grateful for the cooperation shown by the UK
authorities. My Department works very closely with the UK
Border Agency on all aspects of immigration and border
control. This initiative is, I hope, just the first step to
even greater cooperation within the context of the Common Travel
Area. In this respect, my officials have had preliminary
discussions with their UK counterparts to explore the feasibility
of introducing reciprocal arrangements. I have also
personally been supported in this initiative by my colleague, the
Home Secretary, Theresa May, with whom I first discussed it on the
margins of the first European Council meeting of Justice and Home
Affairs Ministers that I attended in Luxembourg.
In conclusion, the task for you all now is to do your utmost in
getting the message out to the target countries; I urge you to keep
at it and wish you every success.
Remarks by the Tánaiste at the Launch of the Short Stay
30 June 2011
I warmly welcome the introduction of the Short Stay Visa Programme
and look forward to enhancing our tourism and business links with
the sixteen countries included in the initial programme.
As a small, open economy with relatively modest levels of domestic
demand, Ireland is reliant on trade. The Government believes
that Ireland’s recovery will necessarily be export-led and that
employment will be created through direct jobs and substantial
The promotion of Ireland’s trade and economic interests is a core
element of the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs. The
recent transfer of the trade promotion functions to what is now the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has strengthened this
Since the announcement of the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme in
May, my Department and our Embassies have been actively informing
the relevant Government authorities and travel interests in the
countries concerned about the programme and the opportunities which
flow from it.
On a wider front, we have been active in efforts to support both
the restoration of Ireland’s international reputation and the
export led growth, which is crucial to our recovery.
Our enhanced responsibilities under the banner of Trade Promotion
will allow the Embassy network to develop further their role in
supporting Irish business and, more importantly, in building
economic linkages between Ireland and our priority trading
When I spoke to the conference of Ambassadors at the beginning of
this month in Dublin, I stressed that the task of Embassies is to
turn our network of contacts into an asset which will secure
tangible returns for the Irish economy.
Under the new arrangements, I will chair the management of the
Export Trade Council. The Council will bring together
relevant Government Departments, the State Agencies and private
sector participants with experience of the export sector. It
will monitor implementation of the Government’s Trading and
Investing in a Smart Economy Strategy.
The government recognises that, as a relatively small player in the
global market place, it is critical that we go forward as a
coherent team when promoting our economic interests abroad.
This joined up approach is even more necessary when trying to gain
or increase our foothold in new high growth potential
One of the key challenges identified in the Strategy for Government
is how to make Ireland competitive on all fronts – including the
ease and affordability of immigration procedures.
While acknowledging clearly that immigration and border controls
generally are broad and very complex issues, involving social
policy, national sovereignty and security considerations, there was
a clear recognition amongst all of the relevant Departments and
State Agencies that the current Irish visa regime sometimes acts as
a constraint on the expansion of trade, tourism and investment,
particularly in relation to new and high-growth markets outside the
EU and the US.
We all recognise that critical importance of measures to facilitate
entrepreneurial, business and tourist travel to Ireland.
Without them Ireland will find itself at a competitive
disadvantage. In a fast changing global economic climate we
need to have a visa system that responds to the many new ways of
The visa waiver programme announced today is the first tangible
outcome of that new mechanism and represents the kind of joined up
action required of Government if we are to meet the challenge of
export led recovery. I am confident that this initiative will help
to give tourist numbers from new high growth markets a much needed
I look forward to further such programmes to facilitate
entrepreneurs and investors who wish to do business in Ireland, at
the earliest opportunity. While there is potential for
Irish companies to further grow our existing key markets such as
the UK, the US and the Eurozone, we are all well aware of the
significant potential for them to increase or gain a foothold
in other high-growth and high-potential markets.
The new and high potential growth markets such as Brazil, China,
India, Russia, and the Gulf States, present distinct challenges,
not only in terms of language and cultural attributes, but also in
terms of business cultures, practices and regulation. When the
problems of access are added to this list the end result has been
that many Irish companies are put off doing business with these
markets. However, I do not need to remind anyone here today
that these are among the fastest growing economies in the world and
that we cannot afford to ignore them.
I am determined that my Department, working with the other
Departments and the state agencies, will do everything within its
capacity to help Irish companies break into these markets.
We need joined up action as well as joined up thinking. The
introduction of the visa waiver programme is an example of the kind
of practical solutions we can come up with dealing with our
economic challenges. I am confident that, working in
partnership, the Government, its agencies and private enterprise
can together come up with further creative and imaginative
initiatives which will help achieve the Government’s priority of
sustainable export led recovery.
Important Notice for Women Over 30
Final Campaign for the Anti-D/Hepatitis C National Screening
Please answer these three simple Yes/No questions carefully.
Did you have a miscarriage or a baby in Ireland between
§ 1st May 1977 and 31st July 1979 or
§ 1st March 1991 and 18th February
Are you Rhesus negative?
Did you receive Anti-D to prevent ‘blue baby syndrome’ during
either of these periods?
If your answers are ‘Yes’, and you have not already tested
for Hepatitis C, then you need to contact the Irish Blood
Transfusion Service (IBTS) to arrange for a Hepatitis C blood test
with your local GP.
Certain batches of Anti-D that were issued during the above periods
were unsafe and caused Hepatitis C infection in some women. As
records are not complete, we do not have a full list of everyone
who received contaminated Anti-D.
Most women who received Anti-D have already been tested. We are now
in the final stages of tracing any remaining women who received
Anti-D during these periods and who have not already been tested
for Hepatitis C.
We are aware that some women affected by this may be living abroad
and we are anxious to make contact with them. If you or someone you
know fits this category (for example your sister, mother or friend)
please ask them to contact us.
The IBTS will treat all contact in complete confidence and will pay
for your GP appointment.
HOW TO CONTACT US
Freephone Helpline 1800 222 111
If calling from outside Ireland: Please phone: +353 1 432
Further Information is available on our website
Ronan Keating visited Vietnam on 19 September 2009. During his
short stay in Hanoi, the Embassy arranged a surprise visit to Thanh
Xuan Peace Village, where the children entertained him with singing
and dance performances. He responded with the traditional Irish
love song "She Moves Through the Fair". He is pictured here with
Hoang Duc Tho, aged 12, from Tam Nong district of Phu Tho Province,
north of Hanoi.
Ronan Keating tới Việt Nam ngày 19/9/2009. Trong chuyến thăm ngắn
ngày tại Hà Nội, Đại Sứ quán đã tổ chức một chuyến thăm bất ngời
tới Làng Hòa Bình Thanh Xuân, tại đây các em đã biểu diễn hát và
nhảy. Ronan Keating đã hát tặng các em một bài hát truyền thống Ai
Len "She Moves Through the Fair". Trong ảnh là em Hoàn Đức Thọ, 12
tuổi, từ huyện Tam Nông tỉnh Phúc Thọ.
Thanh Xuan Peace Village was established in 1991 to provide
rehabilitation, treatment, care and support, and counselling
service to 130 children with disabilities and victims of agent
orange/dioxin. The Village has 55 staff members including 11
doctors. Ireland Aid has supported with a grant of €3,000 from a
fund-raising event. Working with people with disabilities is a key
part of Irish Aid's country strategy in Vietnam [link to CSP here].
Seen here, Ronan Keating gives a "thumbs up" to the many talented
children of Thanh Xuan Peace Village on 19 September 2009.
Làng Hòa Bình Thanh Xuân được thành lập năm 1991 với chức năng cung
cấp các dịch vụ phục hồi chức năng, điều trị, chăm sóc và hỗ trợ,
và tư vấn cho 130 trẻ em khuyết tật và nạn nhân chất độc màu da cam
và điôxin. Làng có 55 nhân viên bao gồm 11 bác sĩ. Ai Len đã tài
trợ €3,000 cho Làng từ một hoạt động gây quỹ từ thiện. Hỗ trợ người
khuyết tật là một trọng tâm trong chiến lược viện trợ của Irish Aid
tại Việt Nam. Ronan Keating với các các em nhỏ Làng Hòa Bình Thanh
Xuân, ngày 19/9/2009
Country Strategy Paper -
English (PDF 10402kb)
Vietnamese (PDF 10439kb)