RTÉ’s Kate Egan recently spoke to Georgia's Chargé d'affaires to Ireland, Irakli Kopladtadze.

The Georgian Embassy has had a presence in Ireland for two years and has a growing diaspora in the country.

Mr Kopladtadze spoke about the recent election of new Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvilli and the country's continued aspirations to join the European Union.

Mr Ivanishvilli’s Georgian Dream coalition won 50% of the vote on the 1 October election, compared to 41% for President Mikeil Saakashvilli's ruling party.

Mr Saakashvilli's term of office as president is due to end next year and until then he is expected to work alongside Mr Ivanishvilli, who now has control over parliament.

Georgia is a country with a population of around 4.5 million. It was previously part of the Soviet Union until its break-up in the early 1990s and has endured periods of political instability.

Since President Saakasvilli took office in 2003, the country has been building its relationship with the European Union.