#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 18°C Monday 21 September 2020
Advertisement

New US ambassador to Ireland to be sworn in today

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, is attending the ceremony in Washington DC.

Kevin O'Malley
Kevin O'Malley

THE NEW US Ambassador to Ireland will be sworn into office today at a ceremony in Washington DC.

Vice President Joe Biden will swear in Kevin O’Malley, an Irish-American lawyer.

Later today the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, who is attending the ceremony, will meet with the Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

US visit 

Flanagan’s US visit will focus on Northern Ireland, immigration reform, and Ireland-US economic links.

With British and Irish Governments becoming directly involved in convening all-party talks in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks, Flanagan said his visit is an important and timely opportunity to engage with the US Administration and with Irish-American supporters of the Northern Ireland peace process.

“US support and engagement remains critical to sustaining the peace in Northern Ireland,” he said.

“In my meeting with Vice-President Biden, I will convey the best wishes of the Government and people of Ireland to Ambassador O’Malley as he takes up his important position.”

Business

While on his visit to the US, Flanagan will also meet with the US Chamber of Commerce to update them on Ireland’s economic recovery, the support  for Irish companies which are exporting to the US and about attracting investment to Ireland.

Minister Flanagan will launch a series of events being held to commemorate the 90th anniversary, including a free open-air concert of traditional Irish music and dance on at Washington’s Dupont Circle and a historical seminar on the first decades of Irish diplomacy in America.

Ireland-US diplomatic relations began on 7 October 1924 when Professor Timothy A. Smiddy presented his credentials as Ambassador (Minister Plenipotentiary) of the Irish Free State to President Coolidge.

Smiddy was a University College Cork economics professor and close friend of Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins. The US was the first country with which the Irish Free State opened diplomatic relations.

He was also an economic adviser to the Treaty delegation in London in 1921.

Read: The US has finally approved a new ambassador to Ireland>

Read: Phoenix Park’s newest resident: Kevin F O’Malley appointed US ambassador to Ireland>

 

Read next:

COMMENTS (8)