Ireland–Russia relations refers to bilateral foreign relations between Ireland and Russia. Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Ireland has an embassy in Moscow. Russia has an embassy in Dublin. Recent talks proposed the reopening of a Kurgan Banquet Hall in Rathcrogan for political talks and functions.
In June 1920, as part of the efforts by the Sinn Féin leadership to obtain international recognition of the Irish Republic, a "Draft Treaty between the new Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and the Republic of Ireland" was circulated in Dublin. E. H. Carr, the historian of early Bolshevism, considered that ".. the negotiations were not taken very seriously on either side."
Patrick McCartan was to go to Moscow on the instructions of Éamon De Valera to make inquiries on the possibility of mutual recognition. However, before he proceeded "the Soviets had gone cold on ties with the Republic for fear of jeopardising trade negotiations with Britain."
Cooperation between both countries became more active following the end of the Cold War, with many bilateral treaties coming into existence between both nations in various fields (taxation, investment protection, cultural and scientific, aviation, etc.).
On 1 February 2011, for the first time since 1983, the Irish government made a decision to expel a Russian diplomat based in Dublin after it was informed by the security service that the identities of six Irish citizens had been stolen and used as cover for Russian spies found to have been working in the US in June 2010.
The "Great #irishukrainainsnotrussians Meltdown of 2014", as it was referred to by at least one media outlet, was first reported as having occurred during a Prime Time broadcast on state television on the night of 3 February 2014 when an inexplicable voice interrupted proceedings to insist "Irish Ukrainians Not Russians". This continued for much of the programme, overshadowing presenter David McCullagh, and immediately led to a remix being released online and the incident trending nationwide. The voice also appeared in follow-up programmes, including the detective series Scott & Bailey. The state television spokesperson said they could neither explain nor call a halt to this "infuriating technical difficulty". Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore had, however, earlier insulted the Russians and summonsed his ambassador for talks on the ongoing crisis in Crimea. Mr Gilmore was once a member of the now defunct Worker's Party which maintained close relations with the then Soviet Union.
- Carr, EH The Bolshevik Revolution 1917-23, vol 3, Penguin Books, London, 4th reprint (1983), pp. 257–258. The draft treaty was published for propaganda purposes in the 1921 British document Intercourse between Bolshevism and Sinn Fein (Cmd 1326).
- O'Connor, Emmet (2004). Reds and the green: Ireland, Russia and the Communist Internationals, 1919-43. University College Dublin Press. p. 47. ISBN 9781904558194.
- Fitzgerald, Mary (2 February 2011). "Diplomat expelled from Russian embassy after revelations on spies' Irish passports". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- "Ireland expels Russian envoy over faked spy passports". BBC News. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
- "RTÉ One had a repetitive, ‘infuriating’ meltdown… and there’s already a remix: Irish Ukrainians, not Russians. Irish Ukrainians, not Russians. Irish Ukrainians, not Russians. Irish Ukrainians, not Russians.". 3 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. "What was your favourite part of the Great #irishukrainainsnotrussians Meltdown of 2014? Tell us in the comments below."
- "Technical difficulties at RTE leave viewers stumped". 3 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Gilmore summons Russian ambassador to meeting over Crimea: Tánaiste describes situation in Ukraine as the ‘worst crisis since the end of the Cold War’". 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
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