THE Department of Foreign Affairs helped nearly 1,500 Irish citizens in difficulties abroad last year. The incidents included deaths, arrests, accidents, child abductions and hospitalisations.
The highest number of consular emergencies occurred in Spain, followed by Australia, the US, France, Britain, Turkey, Thailand, Canada, UAE, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland and Portugal.
Consular assistance was provided to the families of 194 people who died while abroad, a number of these in tragic circumstances. Assistance was also provided in 290 cases of arrest, as well as in a number of child abduction cases.