New Press Council chief
The Press Council of Ireland has announced the appointment of Daithi O Ceallaigh as Chairman. He succeeds Professor Tom Mitchell, who served as chairman since the establishment of the council in January 2007.
A native of Dun Laoghaire, Mr O Ceallaigh has enjoyed a distinguished diplomatic career spanning more than 35 years. Having graduated from UCD, he and his wife Antoinette spent three years as volunteer teachers in Zambia, before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1973. He went on to assume posts in Moscow, London, Belfast, New York, Finland and Estonia, before serving as ambassador to London for six years from 2001. He was subsequently appointed ambassador to the UN, World Trade Organisation and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
In 2008 in Croke Park, he headed a small Irish team that negotiated the Convention to Prohibit Cluster Munitions, which cause unacceptable harm to civilians.
Mr O Ceallaigh retired from the Foreign Service in 2009. He is currently director general (part-time) of the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.
He is married with two grown-up children.