New Ambassadors present Credentials03 October 2013
Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Republic of Latvia, the Argentine Republic and Finland presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
H.E. Mr. Gints Apals, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, was accompanied by Ms. Vija Buša, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission.
H.E. Ms. Silvia María Merega, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. María Veiga, and by Mr. Rafael Galetto, Second Secretary at the Embassy.
H.E. Mrs. Hilkka Nenonen, Ambassador of Finland, was accompanied by her husband, Mr. Rainer Lahmann, and by Mr. Markus Teir, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission.
Mr. Paschal Donohoe, T.D., Minister of State for European Affairs at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade, represented the Government at the ceremony.
The following were also present: Mr. Loughlin Quinn, Deputy Secretary-General to the President; Ms. Anne Barrington, Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ms. Orla O’Hanrahan, Chief of Protocol, Mr. Joe Brennan and Ms. Marion O’Donnell, Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Ambassadors were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Angela Lyons.
A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the Air Corps, Baldonnel, Co. Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Paul McDermott.
Captain Fergal Carroll conducted the Army No. 1 Band.