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  • 22/06/2019   Minister Flanagan announces new 5 Year Multi-Entry Visa option for Chinese tourists
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, today announced a new 5-year multi-entry visa option for Chinese tourists coming to Ireland. The announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and China, which were established on 22 June 1979, and recognises the importance of the Chinese tourist market and the attractiveness of Ireland as a tourist destination for Chinese citizens.
  • 07/06/2019   Minister Stanton attends the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg
    Minister of State David Stanton, TD represented Ireland at the Justice and Home Affairs Council meetings in Luxembourg with EU Ministers on the 6th and 7th of June, 2019. Attending the Council, the Minister said: “I am delighted to represent Ireland at these meetings at a key time in our planning for the strategic future of the EU. The nature of the matters under discussion demands a collaborative approach. Today shows that the outlook is very positive as we continue to progress matters such as migration, e-evidence and data retention for the purpose of keeping our people safe.”
  • 01/06/2019   Minister Flanagan officially opens new eGates in Dublin Airport
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today officially opened new eGates for passport control in Dublin Airport. The eGates are up and running in Terminal 1 and will shortly be operational in Terminal 2. The new eGates feature flatbed scanners which allow for the use of the Passport Card for the first time.
  • 29/04/2019   Minister Flanagan congratulates 2,400 new Irish citizens
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, will today (Monday) congratulate 2,400 new Irish citizens across three citizenship ceremonies to be held in the Convention Centre Killarney, Co Kerry. The Presiding Officers on the day will be Retired High Court Judge Bryan McMahon and Retired District Court Judge Paddy McMahon. Those granted citizenship at today’s ceremonies originate from over 90 countries.
  • 16/04/2019   Minister Stanton Launches €10m Open Call for Proposals for Projects under European Funding
    Mr David Stanton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, today announced funding of €10m for migrant integration and gender equality projects to be carried out over 2019-2022. Two streams of funding are available with up to €4.5m from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund to further migrant integration and reception activities, and a further €5.5m from co-financing from the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund for gender equality projects and specifically projects to support women returning to work and women’s entrepreneurship.
  • 12/04/2019   Minister Flanagan announces abolition of re-entry visa system
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today announced the abolition of Ireland’s re-entry visa system with effect from 13 May 2019. Under this system, visa required nationals who live in Ireland, and who wish to travel to and from the country, have been obliged to apply for a re-entry visa in advance of travel. From 13 May, such individuals will be exempt from the requirement to hold a visa if they have registered for an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card.
  • 03/04/2019   Minister Stanton hosts Public and Stakeholder Consultation for the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)
    Mr David Stanton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, today hosted a Public and Stakeholder Consultation on the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, in the Department of Justice and Equality. Approximately 100 stakeholders were in attendance, many of whom represent African Community organisations.
  • 29/03/2019   Minister Stanton launches 2019 Communities Integration Fund
    Mr David Stanton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, today announced funding of €526,000 for community integration projects to be carried out in 2019. The Communities Integration Fund will provide grant funding for local community projects that support the integration of migrants. Applications can now be made online to the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality.
  • 06/03/2019   Ministers Flanagan and Humphreys announce change to immigration arrangements for spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders
    Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, and Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, today (Wednesday, 6th March 2019) announced that the spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders will be able to access the Irish labour market without the need to obtain an employment permit. This change will streamline existing processes and result in a more attractive offering for both investors and international talent.
  • 18/02/2019   Minister Flanagan welcomes election of Chief International Protection Officer, David Costello, as Chair of the Management Board of the European Asylum Support Office
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, today welcomed the election of David Costello as Chairperson of the Management Board of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). Mr. Costello is Ireland’s Chief International Protection Officer and Head of the International Protection Office.
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