Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 08 May, 2008

Written Answers. - Diplomatic Representation.

Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the seat of each Irish ambassador or permanent representative; the location of the embassy to which they are attached; the countries and international organisations to which they are accredited as ambassadors or permanent representatives; if they enjoy ambassadorial or counsellor rank with his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17745/08]

  Deputy Micheál Martin: Ireland’s diplomatic network consists of 75 resident Missions abroad, in addition to offices in Armagh and Belfast. These Missions also have over 80 additional accreditations to other countries and organisations. There are also 21 Honorary Consuls General and 67 Honorary Consuls who provide assistance to Irish citizens in 59 countries.

Ambassadorial appointments are made by the President on the advice of the Government. There is no specific grade attached to the post of Ambassador. The majority of Ireland’s Heads of Mission, a term which covers Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives and Consuls General, are civil servants serving in the grade of Assistant Secretary. There is also a significant number of Heads of Mission who are in the grades of either Counsellor/Principal Officer or First Secretary/Assistant Principal Officer.

I have set out in the table below the locations and accreditations, both primary and secondary, of all Irish Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives and other Heads of Mission serving abroad.

Primary Accreditation

Secondary Accreditations

Argentina (Buenos Aires)

Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay

Australia (Canberra)

Fiji, New Zealand,

Australia (Sydney/Consulate General)

Austria (Vienna)

Permanent Representative to the International Organisations based in Vienna

Belgium (Brussels)

Permanent Representative to the Liaison Office of Ireland to the Partnership for Peace

Brazil (Brasilia)

Bulgaria (Sofia)

Canada (Ottawa)

Jamaica, Bahamas

China, (Beijing)

Mongolia

China, (Shanghai — Consulate General)

Cyprus (Nicosia)

Czech Republic (Prague)

Ukraine

Denmark (Copenhagen)

Iceland

Egypt (Cairo)

Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan

Estonia (Tallinn)

Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

Permanent Representative to the African Union

Finland (Helsinki)

France (Paris)

Monaco

Germany (Berlin)

Greece (Athens)

Albania, Republic of Serbia

[1165] Holy See (Holy See)

Hungary (Budapest)

Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Kosovo

India (New Delhi)

Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka

Iran (Tehran)

Pakistan, Afghanistan

Israel (Tel Aviv)

Italy (Rome)

Libya, San Marino, Permanent Representative to the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Japan (Tokyo)

Korea(Seoul)

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(North Korea)

Latvia (Riga)

Lesotho (Maseru)

Lithuania (Vilnius)

Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Malawi (Lilongwe)

Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Thailand

Malta (Valetta)

Mexico (Mexico City)

Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Peru, Venezuela

Mozambique (Maputo)

Angola, Botswana

Netherlands (The Hague)

Nigeria (Abuja)

Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Chad

Norway (Oslo)

Palestinian National AuthorityWest Bank Representative Office(Ramallah)

Poland (Warsaw)

Portugal (Lisbon)

Morocco

Romania (Bucharest)

Moldova

Russia (Moscow)

Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan

Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE

Singapore (Singapore)

Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, East Timor

Slovakia (Bratislava)

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Slovenia (Ljubljana)

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

South Africa (Pretoria)

Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe

Spain (Madrid)

Andorra, Tunisia

Sweden (Stockholm)

Switzerland (Berne)

Algeria, Liechtenstein

Tanzania (Dar-es-Salaam)

Burundi, Eritrea, Kenya

Turkey (Ankara)

Azerbaijan

Uganda (Kampala)

Rwanda

UK (London)

UK (Cardiff — Consulate General)

UK (Edinburgh — Consulate General)

United States of America (Washington)

USA (Boston — Consulate General)

USA (Chicago — Consulate General)

USA (New York — Consulate General)

USA (San Francisco — Consulate General)

[1166] Vietnam (Hanoi)

Cambodia, Laos

Zambia (Lusaka)

Namibia

Sierra Leone (Freetown-Irish Aid Office) (Ambassador accredited from Nigeria

East Timor (Dili — Irish Aid Office) (Ambassador accredited from Singapore)

Permanent Representations to International Organisations

Brussels

Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union

Brussels

Permanent Representation to the Liaison Office of Ireland to the Partnership for Peace

Strasbourg

Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe

Vienna

Permanent Mission of Ireland to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Paris

Permanent Representation to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Geneva

Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations (UN)

New York

Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations (UN)