Turkish Embassy


Dublin, Ireland

Ambassador's Message

   

The history of friendly relations between the Turkish and Irish nations date back to the mid-19th century. The humanitarian assistance provided by the Ottoman-Turkish Sultan Abdülmecit in 1847 to Ireland during the terrible sufferings of the “Great Famine”, is still remembered by the Irish people and cemented the notion of Turks as a faithful friend that extended a helping hand in Ireland’s hour of need. This gesture is still recalled today. The official coat of arms of the town of Drogheda approximately70 km North of Dublin, where the aid ships unloaded their cargo, carries the Crescent Moon and Star similar to the one on the Turkish flag as a testament to this. In fact, the Turkish people have always stood up to come to the aid of those in need throughout history. The struggle for independence of both nations following the First World War further contributed to their friendship. In this context, the declaration of independence of Dáil Éireann which was adopted in 1919 and sent to the Turkish Grand National Assembly in 1921 is a symbol of solidarity among our two peoples.

 

Turkey is represented in Ireland through a resident Embassy since 1973 while Ireland established its Embassy in Turkey in 1997. The year 2010 witnessed developments indicating that our bilateral relations entered a new phase. The visit of former President Mary McAleese to Turkey on March 22-26, 2010 constituted the first of its kind. Prior to that, the visit of former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, during his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey between March 9-11,2010 provided the opportunity for the two countries’ Foreign Ministers to come together on a bilateral basis after an extended period.

 

Official contacts continued in the following period, particularly during and just prior to the Irish Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2013, which boosted ties between the two countries and saw reciprocal visits at the Foreign and EU Ministerial levels throughout 2012-2013. Most recently, President of Ireland H.E. Michael D. Higgins, accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, embarked on a visit to Turkey on April 24, 2015 to take part in the Centenary Commemorations of Gallipoli Campaign. H.E. President Higgins, accompanied by Mr. Joe McHugh, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, also attended the UN World Humanitarian Summit that took place in Istanbul on May 23-24, 2016.

 

Our current state owned Chancery premises has been in use since September 1, 2012. The new premises enables us to provide consular services to our citizens under a better physical layout.

 

These contacts, activities as well as our citizens who take part actively in every sphere of Irish professional, community and commercial life, reinforce the foundations for boosting bilateral relations in political, economic, social and cultural spheres and contribute to our fraternal ties. I firmly believe that by working together, we will take further steps to promote our community and our country in Ireland.

 

On behalf of my colleagues at the Embassy and myself, I extend our warmest regards and best wishes to the visitors of our website.

 

Levent Murat BURHAN
Ambassador