New Ambassadors present Credentials
Their Excellencies the Ambassadors of France, the Republic of Kenya and Georgia presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
His Excellency, Mr. Frédéric Grasset, Ambassador of France, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Marie-Christine Grasset and by Mr. Luc Serot Alméras, First Counsellor at the Embassy of France.
His Excellency, Mr. Joseph Muchemi, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Cecilia Muchemi,and his daughters Ms. Rachael Muchemi and Ms. Elizabeth Muchemi and by Mr. Anthony Maina, Third Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Kenya.
His Excellency, Mr. Amiran Kavadze, Ambassador of Georgia, was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Ia Kavadze and by Mr. Konstantine Surguladze, Consul at the Embassy of Georgia.
The following were also present at the ceremony: Mr. Brian Lenihan, T.D.,
Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and at the Department of Education and Science; Mr. Brian McCarthy, Secretary General to the President; Mr. Bobby McDonagh, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Brian Nason, Chief of Protocol; Mr. Joe Brennan, Deputy Chief of Protocol; Mr. Gerry Kelly, Assistant Chief of Protocol at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The Ambassadors were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin under the command of Second Lieutenant Melissa Hogan.
The Guard of Honour at Áras an Uachtaráin was provided by the Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre, The Curragh, Co. Kildare under the command of Lieutenant Simon Cahill.
The Army No. 1 Band was conducted by Lieutenant Col. Brendan Power.