Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (49)

Seán Haughey


49. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if each Irish honorary or consulate general is contactable to deal with emergency incidents on a 24-7 basis; if all emergency incidents, especially during the out-of-hours period, are dealt with at the nearest Irish embassy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22856/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland's Honorary Consuls are not asked to provide a 24-hour, seven-day service. Our Embassies and career Consulates abroad do not have staff permanently on duty round-the-clock, but do operate an out-of-hours contact service. If required, officers can be called in to deal with emergencies and do so on a regular basis.

A citizen in difficulty abroad who is unable to contact the nearest Irish mission can telephone the Department's Consular Assistance Unit in Dublin on +3531 408 2000. A Duty Officer is available at the same number outside of office hours.