Irish citizens seeking to get out of Afghanistan are scattered across Kabul and elsewhere

The 33 Irish citizens seeking to get out of Afghanistan are scattered across Kabul and other parts of the country.

They are not all waiting for flights at the capital’s airport.

It is likely that an unknown proportion of these were Afghans who acquired Irish citizenship and subsequently returned to their home country in the period before the Taliban seized power.

A source familiar with operations on the ground said the US military is coordinating the flights from Kabul which will ultimately decide who leaves and when.

While contact with Irish nationals is maintained, specifically via embassy staff in Abu Dhabi, communications in the country are said to be sporadic and channels are often pursued through agencies such as the Red Crescent.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney confirmed that the number of Irish passport holders in Afghanistan awaiting repatriation had risen to 33: 25 adults and eight dependents.

Speaking at Newstalk Breakfast, he said the government is working closely with its EU and UK partners to secure places for them on military flights once Kabul airport is secured.

“People are not going to be left behind,” Coveney said.

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