Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Reece Smyth at U.S. Embassy Dublin Independence Day Celebration 2017

(as prepared) A Thanaiste, A Airi, a Ard vhaara, agus a dhaoune uaishe.  A dhaoine uaisle, tá  fáilte rómhaibh go dti Páirc an Fhionnuisce go dtí ceiliúra Lá na Saoirse!  (Tanaiste, Lord Mayor, Ministers, and Distinguished guests, you are very welcome to Phoenix Park to the U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day Celebration!) Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ...
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Additional J-1 Summer Work and Travel Visas Available in Ireland

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is delighted to announce that an additional 2,600 J-1 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) slots for 2017 have been allocated by the U.S. Department of State for use in Ireland.  This brings Ireland’s SWT allocation to 7,000, which is ...
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Updated Information on U.S. Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs February 6, 2017 Executive Order on Visas An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington  on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to ...
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United States and Ireland sign three year extension to the Ireland Work and Travel (IWT) Program

On Monday, December 5, 2016 Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and Her Excellency, Ambassador of Ireland, Anne Anderson signed a three year extension, lengthening the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), for the twelve month Ireland Work and Travel (IWT) Program between the Government of the ...
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Creative Minds Hackathon Creates Tech Solutions for Refugee Inclusion

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2016 Three original tech platforms to facilitate refugee inclusion took the top honors at the second annual Creative Minds social entrepreneurship hackathon sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Intel in partnership with the DCU Ryan Academy October 14-16, 2016.  During the 48-hour hackathon, ...
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New Policy Regarding Eye Glasses in Visa and Passport photos

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2016 Beginning November 1, all individuals must remove their eye glasses for U.S. passport and U.S. visa photos. We are changing our policy to enhance the security of the application process and verify applicants’ identities faster.  We also want to ensure you have fewer ...
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Vice President Biden Speech at Dublin Castle

The White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2016 Remarks by the Vice President to the Irish People Dublin Castle Dublin, Ireland 5:12 P.M. (Local) THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello. (Applause.) Taoiseach, thank you for only for being here, but being my friend. I truly appreciate it. Thank you all ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador on the Anniversary of the Berkeley Tragedy

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2016 On the first anniversary of the unimaginable tragedy that unfolded in Berkeley, California on June 16 last year and affected all of Irish society, the people of the United States extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends, and loved ones of ...
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Embassy Statement Regarding J-1 SWT Issues

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2016 With the changes to the J-1 Summer Work Travel (SWT) program  taking effect in 2016, the U.S. government has worked actively with applicants, the Irish government, and independent U.S. and Irish implementing institutions to ensure Irish students continue to benefit from the J-1 program.  For the 2016 season, two independent program sponsors that ...
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Embassy Advises J-1 Students To Book Their Appointment

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2016 Attention all Students Planning on participating in 2016’s J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program. The U.S. Embassy in Dublin advises that all students who have been issued a Certificate of Eligibility by their program sponsor or Irish service provider book their Embassy ...
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Remarks by President Obama on Ireland’s 1916 Commemorations

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation.  And I’m struck with how ahead of its time the proclamation was.  It was a daring document; one which its authors were very particular to address to “Irishmen and Irishwomen.”  It’s built around “religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities,” and “cherishing all ...
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Important Reminder on the Visa Waiver Program/ESTA and Travel to the United States

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Ireland wishes to remind all Irish passport holders who are able to travel to the United States via the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that as of 01 April 2016, they must have a valid electronic passport.  This rule ...
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Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

The U.S. Embassy Dublin encourages all U.S. citizens in Ireland to vote in the upcoming 2016 election cycle, and the Embassy provides non-partisan assistance online and through our American Citizen Services unit at  VoteDublin@state.gov U.S. citizens can now request their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on your state or county, you can get your ballot by email, ...
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Embassy Statement on Executive Order (E.O.) on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

U.S. Embassy Dublin Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2017 The U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security are reviewing the President’s Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States and working to implement it immediately.  The U.S. government’s national security visitor screening and vetting procedures ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security and border ...
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The COP 21 Legacy

Speaking to the world following the historic COP21 agreement in Paris, President Obama said, “Together, we’ve shown what’s possible when the world stands as one.” The President connected our country’s future with a future he could now foresee with prospective grandchildren.  Having become a grandparent myself last year, I feel a profound kinship in this ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Northern Ireland Agreement

The United States welcomes the announcement today of an agreement among Northern Ireland’s political parties to strengthen Northern Ireland’s devolved institutions.  ‎Northern Ireland’s party leaders deserve credit for the considerable work and political courage they demonstrated ‎to resolve difficult budgetary issues, implement institutional reforms outlined by the Stormont House Agreement, and develop a framework to ...
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U.S Government Statement on Northern Ireland

Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, the Personal Representative of Secretary of State John Kerry stated: “The United States Government strongly supports the cross-party talks led by the UK and Irish governments. We again encourage all of Northern Ireland’s political parties to engage constructively in these negotiations in order to strengthen the devolved institutions. Northern Ireland’s ...
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U.S. Government Statement on Resumption of Northern Ireland Dialogue

Statement from Senator (Ret.) Gary Hart Personal Representative of Secretary Kerry “The United States welcomes the announcement by UK Prime Minister Cameron and Irish Taoiseach Kenny that the governments will convene urgent talks next week with the parties that subscribed to the Stormont House Agreement. In recent conversations with Northern Ireland party leaders and the ...
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Statement by Secretary Johnson on Security Enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program

DHS Press Office Contact: 202-282-8010 Effective today, those seeking to travel to the United States from countries in our Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be required to provide additional data fields of information in the travel application submitted via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The new information sought includes additional passport data, contact ...
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Lebanese National Admits Fraud in Procuring U.S. Immigration Benefits

A Lebanese man admitted in immigration court Monday he entered the United States without proper documentation and thereafter lied to obtain lawful immigration status in the country. The admission paves the way for his removal from the United States. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with ...
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This Is NOT A Game Ocean Challenge

This is Not a Game, a video game production challenge for students, will launch at the Festival of Curiosity on 24 July.  But this is not just a game.  The goal is to help to use the popularity of games to raise awareness of issues like over fishing, ocean pollution and ocean acidification.  The challenge ...
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Lack of Access at Crash Site of MH17

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2014 We are deeply concerned by the Russia-backed separatists’ refusal to allow OSCE monitors safe and unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Yesterday, the monitors were allowed only 75 minutes at the site. Today, they were allowed less than three ...
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President Obama Nominates Kevin F. O’Malley as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2014 President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Kevin F. O’Malley – Ambassador to Ireland, Department of State Jessie H. Roberson – Member, ...
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