Department of Foreign Affairs provides assistance to 1,500 Irish abroad this year
The upward trend of recent years continues
The Department of Foreign Affairs provided assistance to more than 1,500 Irish nationals abroad this year.
The figures represent an increase of 6.5 per cent on 2012, continuing the upward trend of recent years.
The largest number of consular cases occurred in Spain, followed by Australia, USA, Britain, Canada, France, Thailand, Portugal, UAE and the Philippines.
There were 227 cases concerning Irish people who died abroad this year, an increase from 194 last year.
This year also saw 255 cases of Irish people being arrested abroad, compared to 287 in 2012, and 253 medical cases, compared to 243 last year.
The Department registered more than 5,000 people for Irish citizenship this year, a figure that is expected to rise to 8,000 once all the applications are processed.
There were also more than 3,000 letters of freedom provided to Irish citizens getting married or entering civil partnership abroad, an increase of 12 per cent compared to 2012.
The most popular countries to wed abroad in were Italy, Spain, Germany, Malta and Scotland.
Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore emphasised the importance of registering with the Department before travelling overseas, saying the information can be valuable when responding to large-scale crises or natural disasters.
“Being able to contact Irish people in affected areas is vital,” the Tanaiste said.
“I would also urge Irish citizens to check for country-specific travel advice, and to read the guide to travelling safely abroad, both of which are available on the Department’s website.”