Relations between Georgia and Ireland

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Ireland were established on September 12, 1996.

Charge d'Affaires of Georgia to Ireland:

  • Giorgi Zurabashvili 10.08.2014 - to date
  • Giorgi Janjghava 2013-2014
  • Irakli Koplatadze 2010-2013

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Ireland with residence in London

  • H.E Giorgi Badridze 2009-2013
  • H.E Gela Charkviani 2006-2009
  • H.E Amiran Kavadze 2004-2006
  • H.E Teimuraz Mamatsashvili 1995-2004

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of  Ireland to Georgia:

Since 2008, the Republic of Ireland covers the Ambassadors of Ireland to Georgia from the Republic of Bulgaria

  • H.E Michael Forbes August 2016 - to date
  • H.E Patrick Colman 2015-2016 (Charge d'Affaires of Ireland to Georgia)
  • H.E John Biggar  2010-2015
  • H.E Geoffrey Keating 2008-2010

From 1996 to 2007, The Republic of Ireland covered the Ambassadors of Ireland to Georgia from the Russian Federation

  • H.E Justin Harman 2004-2007
  • H.E James Sharkey 2002-2004
  • H.E David Donghue 2000-2002
  • H.E Ronan Murphy 1996-2000

Main fields of Cooperation:

Bilateral Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Ireland have become significantly active in recent years. The opening of the Georgian Embassy in Dublin has further contributed to bolstering existing partnership ties.

In addition, positive dynamics observed in inter-parliamentary cooperation was manifested by the exchange of visits. Throughout 2017-2018, the Irish Parliament adopted three Georgia-related resolutions declaring strong support towards sovereignty, territorial integrity and European Integration of the country.

Currently, there are two agreements into force between Georgia and Ireland, which cover the cooperation in the air transport and avoidance of double taxation.

In recent years, sectoral cooperation has been significantly bolstered in education, health care, tourism, inter-regional relations and other areas.

Boosting bilateral relations in the field of healthcare should also be noticed. In 2015 the Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Irish National Health Service for Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

In August 2015 Memorandum of Understanding between Dublin and Batumi ports was signed which implies exchange of experience in the field of management and services, planning and development of infrastructure in the city-port, attracting investments, encouraging support for international projects.

Furthermore, the dynamic of cooperation between the local municipalities also contributed to deepening bilateral relations. In 2014, in the framework of the official visit of the Mayor of Tbilisi Davit Narmania to Dublin, Memorandum of Friendship between Tbilisi and Dublin was signed.

In 2016, following the visit of the Cork Country leader to Adjara to mark the “twinning" of Country Cork and Autonomous Republic of Adjara, the Memorandum of Understanding between the two regional governments was signed.  

To strengthen cultural relations between the two countries Tbilisi hosted Georgian-Irish Film Festival in 2012. Having participated in the international Ships Festival in Dublin in 2014 Georgia presented diverse cultural program.

Cooperation between the educational institutions has also deepened. In 2015 Memorandum of Understanding between the Tbilisi State University and the Dublin University College was signed

Useful Links:

Embassy of Georgia to Ireland

Embassy of Ireland to Georgia (with residence in Sofia)

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Houses of the Oireachtas (Parliament of Ireland)

Ireland's Prime Minister's Office