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Message from Ambassador Anne Anderson on Arrival
A Chairde, Dear Friends,
I am deeply honoured to have become Ireland’s 17th
Ambassador to the United States. I take over the baton from
Michael Collins, who did so much over the past six years to advance
and deepen relations between our two countries.
It is hard to overstate the sense of pride and privilege one feels
in taking over this role. The pride is deep-rooted and
unshakeable. It is our inheritance from those legions of
Irish men and women who helped build America. And it is
reinforced every day by the contemporary expression of the
relationship - by the continuing Irish imprint in every corner of
this great country and in every aspect of its life.
We believe that these deep historical and contemporary ties should
find expression in US immigration legislation. It is our
profound hope that the current impetus for comprehensive reform
will be sustained: that relief will finally be offered to the
undocumented Irish and a pathway opened for legal immigration in
the future. I will be doing everything possible to buttress
the range of lobbying efforts under way.
Economic issues will be at the forefront of my agenda. During
Ireland’s recent period of economic difficulty, the ties that bind
our two countries have become even more solid. Both economies
have benefitted greatly from growing trade and investment. My
priority will be to grow those ties further, continuing the all-out
effort to bring trade, investment and tourism to new levels.
As our beloved Seamus Heaney reminded us in one of his final
addresses: “We are not simply a credit rating or an economy,
but a history and a culture”. Ireland’s cultural identity
truly defines and distinguishes us, nowhere more so than in the
United States. I greatly look forward to working with the
cultural community to further explore and build that identity.
At any time, and in any circumstances, Ireland’s relationship with
the United States matters deeply. But these are no ordinary
times. Whether on immigration, or the economy, or in dealing
with key issues still to be fully addressed in Northern Ireland,
the challenges are particularly steep. In each of these
areas, I will be relying on the support and goodwill of Ireland’s
friends throughout the Irish American community and beyond.
I invite you to get in touch with me and my Embassy team and our
colleagues at Ireland’s Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New
York and San Francisco, as well as through our network of Honorary
Consuls throughout the United States, in order to share your views
As I write, I look out our Embassy window at the flags of Ireland
and of the European Union flying high over Massachusetts
Avenue. I know they will continue to inspire me throughout my
Sincerely, le gach dea-ghuí
5 September 2013
Presentation of 2013 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards
Former Intel CEO Dr. Craig Barrett, Prof. Mick Moloney of Glucksman
Ireland House at New York University and former US Ambassador to
Ireland Dan Rooney were among the recipients of 2013 Presidential
Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad from President
Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin last night (Nov
The text of President Higgins’ remarks at the presentation ceremony
President Higgins will present Senator George Mitchell with his
2013 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad
at a later date in December.
For the full list of Award recipients, click here.
Global Irish Economic Forum 2013
The 3rd Global Irish Economic Forum, a biennial gathering of
members of the Global
Irish Network, was held in Dublin Castle on 4-5 October.
Copies of presentations as delivered at the Forum are available
Convention on the Constitution of Ireland: Plenary Meeting on the
Right of Irish Citizens Resident Outside of Ireland to Vote in
Irish Presidential Elections - 28/29 September
The Convention on the Constitution (www.constitution.ie) is a new
venture in participative democracy in Ireland tasked with
considering certain aspects of our Constitution to ensure that it
is fully equipped for the 21st Century and with making
recommendations to the Oireachtas [Irish Parliament] on future
amendments to be put to the people of Ireland in referendums. The
Constitutional Convention is proceeding under the chairmanship of
Mr. Tom Arnold.
On September 28th and 29th, a plenary meeting
of the Convention addressed the subject of “giving citizens
resident outside the State the right to vote in Presidential
elections at Irish Embassies, or otherwise”. The Convention’s
website, www.constitution.ie , contains
Papers and presentations associated with the plenary meeting are
also available at www.constitution.ie (select
Visit to Washington DC by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D.
On Tuesday September 3rd, Minister Frances Fitzgerald
held a meeting with Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor for
Children’s Issues at the US State Department, at which
inter-country adoption operating arrangements between Ireland and
the United States of America were concluded. The Chairman of the
Adoption Authority of Ireland Dr. Geoffrey Shannon also
participated in the meeting. Further details are available