THE Irish Embassy in Madrid dealt with nearly a fifth of all global consular assistance cases to Irish people abroad during 2014.
By far the highest number of emergencies dealt with by an Irish Embassy, the Madrid branch dealt with 286 emergencies concerning 299 Irish citizens last year.
Most cases are medical emergencies, but of the 1,650 cases involving Irish people around the globe in 2014, some included arrests, deaths, kidnappings and child abductions.
“Our staff are deeply committed to assisting Irish citizens in difficulty and to helping Irish families at home dealing with distressing situations abroad,” said Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. “Ireland’s diplomats stand ready to respond quickly and effectively to urgent cases and emergency situations worldwide.”