Intelligence reports suggest that there is a
specific, imminent threat to westerners in Benghazi. The
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all travel
to Benghazi and urges any Irish citizens who are there to leave
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Rome. Please Click here to do so.
Irish citizens should also be aware that Austrian Airlines and the
German Airline Lufthansa have both suspended their flights to/and
from Tripoli as of Tuesday 5th February 2013 until further
notice. Please check relevant
website for further details. The link to the Austrian
Airline website is http://www.austrian.com/ and
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WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE EMBASSY OF IRELAND IN ROME!
I hope this website and its links will be useful to all those,
whether Irish or Italian, who wish to deepen and strengthen the
ties between our two countries. My colleagues at the Irish
Embassy Rome and I myself will be happy to give you any added
assistance we can in that endeavour.
The relationship between Ireland and Italy has deep roots in
history, documented over more than fifteen hundred years. In all
that time it has invariably been one of cordial and unclouded
friendship. Irish people cherish the memory of our contacts with
Italy. We remember the figures of Irish history who were
drawn to Italy, for example the last independent chieftains of the
Gaelic world, who after the “Flight of the Earls” four hundred
years ago found refuge in Rome, or the great statesman Daniel
O’Connell who died in Italy in 1847. We recall that one of our
greatest writers, James Joyce, produced a significant part of his
work in Italy. The influence of Italy in Ireland is equally
profound, not least in regard to our artistic legacy in the
classical tradition. In short, the Irish-Italian relationship
enriches almost every aspect of our pursuits and
In modern times our common membership of the European Union and of
the Eurozone has added a qualitatively new dimension to the
Irish-Italian relationship. Our two peoples are amongst the most
enthusiastic supporters of the European project, and it is no
surprise therefore that Ireland and Italy are consistent partners
in promoting European integration. A strong emphasis on the
importance of international law and the United Nations
Organisations reflects a similar congruence in our approach to
foreign policy and international affairs.
Ireland in recent decades has been transformed from being among the
poorest countries in Europe to being one of the most prosperous.
That has brought new opportunities also in terms of Irish Italian
economic relations. Italy was Ireland’s 10th largest
merchandise trading partner in 2010, with trade between the two
countries valued at €3.5 billion. In the same year, our
total services trade was valued at €6.5bn. There are
significant Italian investments in Ireland, and in recent years, an
increasing pattern of Irish investment in Italy. Both countries are
popular tourist destinations for each other.
I have been struck, in the time I have served as Ambassador Italy,
by the human dimension of Irish-Italian relations. In whatever
capacity Irish and Italians meet, whether on the sports field, as
tourists, as business colleagues or as members of the many extended
Irish-Italian families, there is a natural affinity and sense of
warmth between our two peoples.
I wish you a Céad míle fáilte to our website.
Day greetings from the President Michael D. Higgins