Consular office set up for German soccer qualifier

A temporary consular office has been set up in Stuttgart to cater for the 10,000 fans travelling for next month’s Republic of Ireland v Germany European Championships qualifier game.

A temporary consular office has been set up in Stuttgart to cater for the 10,000 fans travelling for next month’s Republic of Ireland v Germany European Championships qualifier game.

Irish Department of Foreign Affairs officials will help replace lost or stoen travel documents as well as assisting in cases where Irish citizens are arrested by police or are victims of accidents or injuries.

Announcing the facilities, Minister Dermot Ahern today said his department was committed to the well-being of Irish people abroad, especially during national sporting occasions.

“It is of utmost importance to me that Irish fans travelling to the match on September 2 have access to emergency consular services if required,” he remarked.

The consular office will open on Thursday, August 31 until Monday September 4, including extended weekend opening hours.

Fans are directed to the department’s www.dfa.ie website for details of the facilities.

“We have a long-standing and well deserved reputation as being the best behaved football supporters in the world, especially in Stuttgart, which was the scene of Ireland’s great internatinal successes in the Euro 88 tournament.

“As always, I am sure our fans will do Ireland proud, just like the Boys in Green on the pitch,” Mr Ahern added.

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