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Ireland's new US Ambassador met the President today

The Irish Army band played the Star-Spangled Banner when Kevin O’Malley stopped by the Áras this afternoon.

Image: Tony Maxwell

THE NEW UNITED States Ambassador to Ireland met with President Michael D Higgins today.

Kevin O’Malley visited Áras an Uachtaráin this afternoon to present Higgins with his credentials.

Last month the US Senate approved O’Malley’s appointment to the role, ending a 22-month vacancy following Dan Rooney’s departure.

O’Malley, an Irish-American lawyer from St Louis in Missouri, and his wife Dena recently moved to their new home – the Deerfield Residence in Phoenix Park.

He held dual citizenship in Ireland and America before renouncing his Irish citizenship to allow him take up an ambassadorial role here. His grandparents are from Westport, Co Mayo.

O’Malley was sworn into office by US Vice President Joe Biden in a ceremony in Washington DC on 30 September

Dublin’s US Embassy published a video mark today’s ceremony.

Source: U.S. Embassy Dublin/YouTube

O’Malley also met with Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan today to discuss Irish-US trade relations, Northern Ireland and immigration reform.

Flanagan said the pair discussed how to further strengthen the economic and trading relationship between Ireland and America, “along with the importance of enhancing the links between the people of our two countries through cultural and educational exchanges”.

Matthias Höpfner, German Ambassador to Ireland, and Néstor Osorio, Colombian Ambassador to Ireland, also presented their credentials to President Higgins today.

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