Tuesday 31 May 2016

New ambassador for reopened Vatican embassy

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

Emma Madigan - Ireland's first female ambassador to Vatican. See story Sarah McDonald
Emma Madigan - Ireland's first female ambassador to Vatican. See story Sarah McDonald

A diplomat heavily involved in President Michael D Higgins state visit to the UK is Ireland's new Ambassador at the reopened Vatican Embassy.

Emma Madigan, who is currently Assistant Chief of Protocol in the Department of Foreign Affairs has been heavily involved in the preparation of high-level visits into and out of Ireland, including hosting the OSCE Ministerial Council during Ireland's Presidency of the EU.

Ms Madigan has 14 years experience as a diplomat and has served as Vice Consul in New York, Private Secretary to the Secretary General and Deputy Director of Europe and UN Coordination Section.

The UCD graduate is married to fellow diplomat Laurence Simms, and they have one son, Cormac.

Meanwhile, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is losing his top official, as she heads to Paris.

Geraldine Byrne-Nason, the Second Secretary-General at the Department of the Taoiseach is set to become Ambassador to France.

The current Ambassador to France, Rory Montgomery, will replace her in the Department of the Taoiseach.

The government has reshuffled 36 diplomats globally.

A number of appointments are to new positions such as Ambassador to Croatia, the Holy See, Indonesia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Thailand.

"Ireland's embassy network is targeted at locations where we can have the greatest impact in terms of our economic growth, trade, Irish communities and our political and people-to-people relationships," a spokesperson said.

Irish Independent

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