Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcement during his visit to the Vatican today. The visit will be the first since John Paul II 1979 visit. RTE reported Taoiseach Kenny held a 23-minute meeting with the Pontiff in which he confirmed the visit. An invitation was extended to Francis by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference to visit the World Meeting of Families in 2018.
Canada has introduced an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or transiting through Canada. As of March 15, 2016, travellers who do not require a visa to fly to Canada need to apply for an eTA. This includes passengers travelling on an Irish passport.
Applying for an eTA is a simple, inexpensive ($7 Canadian) online process that takes minutes to complete. To apply, travellers must have a valid passport, a credit card, and an e-mail address. An eTA is electronically linked to a passenger’s passport and once approved, it is valid for 5 years or until passport expiry.
For more information or to apply for an eTA, visit Canada.ca/eTA .
Dual citizens, who hold Canadian citizenship and citizenship from a visa-exempt country such as Ireland, cannot apply for an eTA because eTA was set up to screen foreign visitors for admissibility to enter Canada. If you are a dual Irish-Canadian citizen you cannot apply for an eTA on your Irish passport and must enter Canada on a valid Canadian passport. You may be denied boarding if you attempt to travel using your Irish passport.
Find out more about travel documents for dual Canadian citizens flying to Canada.
His Excellency Jim Kelly, the new Irish Ambassador to Canada attended our centre on Thursday, 15th September, 2016 at 1:00 pm for a luncheon at our new premises. He brought warm greetings from the Government of Ireland stating that he had knowledge of the good work undertaken by the members many years before being appointed to this post. He stated that he would do all he can to assist the group in the years to come. Photographs of the event can be found in the Special Event photo section.
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