Saturday 20 December 2014

New Irish ambassador to US presents credentials to Barack Obama

Published 17/09/2013 | 23:32

President Barack Obama receives Her Excellency Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland, in the Oval Office.

IRELAND’S new Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson presented her credentials to US President Barack Obama in a traditional ceremony at the White House.

Ms Anderson, who previously as permanent representative to the United Nations before taking the job in Washington, has already pinpointed the tricky subjects of immigration reform and economic ties between the US and Ireland will be high on her agenda.

The new ambassador, who has been in Washington for a number of weeks, replaced departing Ambassador Michael Collins in a major shuffle of Irish representatives abroad.

More than 20 Irish ambassadors have been appointed new posts in recent weeks, with new heads of mission at key capital cities including Washington, Beijing and London.

They have been set the task of promoting Ireland’s economic interests in their new territories.

Ms Anderson attended the White House as President Obama hosted an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony for nine new diplomats.

These included new ambassadors to Norway, Grenada and Guatemala.

The ambassador has said she will be working to help improve the prospects of a Bill on immigration reform being passed by the US Congress to aid undocumented Irish and others.

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