Minister for Foreign Affairs announces new ambassadorial appointments
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., has announced that the Government recently agreed on the nomination of Irish Ambassadors to a number of countries. The new Ambassadors will take up their posts over the Summer period.
The nominations are as follows
Mr. Declan Connolly, at present Ambassador to China, to be Ambassador to Slovakia (and also to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) to replace Mr. Thomas Lyons who will be retiring shortly.
Mr. David Donoghue, at present Director General of Development Co-operation Ireland at Headquarters, to be Ambassador to Austria to replace Mr. Ronan Murphy.
Mr. Declan Kelleher, at present Representative of Ireland to the Political and Security Committee of the EU, to be Ambassador to China (and also to Cambodia and Mongolia) to replace Mr. Declan Connolly.
Mr. Conor Murphy, at present Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, to be Ambassador to Korea (and also to North Korea) to replace Mr. Paul Murray.
Mr. Philip McDonagh, at present Ambassador to India, to be Ambassador to the Holy See to replace Mr. Bernard Davenport, who will be retiring shortly.
Mr. Kieran Dowling, at present in the Embassy in Berlin, to be Ambassador to India (and also to Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka) to replace Mr. Philip McDonagh.
Mr. Kenneth Thompson, at present at Headquarters, to be Ambassador to Argentina (and also to Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay), to replace Ms. Paula Slattery.
Mr. Tom Russell, at present in the Embassy in Washington, to be Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (and also to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) to replace Mr. Conor Murphy.
Mr. Paul Kavanagh, at present at Headquarters, to replace Mr. Declan Kelleher as Representative of Ireland to the Political and Security Committee of the EU.
Mr. Ronan Murphy (Austria), Ms. Paula Slattery (Argentina) and Mr. Paul Murray (Korea) will be returning to serve at Headquarters. Top