Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (47)

Michael McGrath

Question:

47. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of honorary consuls he has appointed; the names and occupations of the honorary consuls appointed; where these honorary consuls have been appointed; the criteria that is required for such an appointment to this position; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41208/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I have appointed seventeen Honorary Consuls as follows:

Year of Appointment

Location

Name of Honorary Consul

Occupation

2013

Kenya,- Nairobi

Mr. Jonathan Andrew Sutton

Businessman

2013

Botswana, Gaborone

Mr. Paul Gerard Sullivan

Businessman

2013

Kazakhstan, Almaty

Mr. Kairat Mazhibayev

Businessman

2013

Turkey, Antalya

Mr. Mehmet Seckin Arkan

Lawyer

2013

Canada, Nova Scotia

Mr. Brian Doherty

Businessman

2013

Australia, Perth

Mr. Martin Kavanagh

Lawyer

2013

Nepal Kathmandu

Mr. Manoj Bahadur Shrestha

Company Chairman

2013

USA Florida

Mr. Terence Delahunty

Lawyer

2012

Japan, Sapporo

Mr. Seiji Kasama

Company CEO

2012

Saudi Arabia, Jeddah

Mr. Mohammad Ahmad Naghi

Company Chairman

2012

Turkey, Izmir

Mr. Bulent Akgerman

Businessman

2012

Iran, Tehran

Mr. Alireza Feizollahi

Businessman

2012

USA Las Vegas

Ms. Teresa Murphy

Businessman

2012

USA, Honolulu, Hawaii

Mr. Noel Trainor

Businessman

2011

Bahamas

Mr. Brian Quinn

Businessman

2011

Pakistan

Mr. Osman Asghar Khan

Businessman

2011

India, Chennai

Mr. Rajeev Mecheri

Businessman

Appointments of Honorary Consul are made if a need is identified for consular assistance or services to Irish citizens, or in some locations, with assistance in the promotion of Trade. In general the Irish Ambassador accredited to a country will make a proposal for the appointment of an Honorary Consul if s/he identifies a specific need and has also identified a suitable candidate or suitable candidates. The main criteria considered when appointing an Honorary Consul include familiarity with the local Irish Community, familiarity with the local administration, a good knowledge of the local laws particularly in areas which have a consular dimension and a good knowledge of the local language.