Government approves nominations of new Ambassadors and Consuls General
Press release09 March 2021
On the recommendation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D., the Government today approved a number of Ambassadorial nominations, subject to agreement by the receiving States.
This involves the rotation of eleven Ambassadorial and two Consul General positions. It also includes appointments to new missions in Morocco (Embassy in Rabat) and Great Britain (Consulate General in Manchester) both of which are due to open later this year in the framework of the Global Ireland Programme. The Programme, which was also reviewed by Government today, will bring Ireland’s diplomatic mission network to 95 offices by the end of this year.
Commenting on the nominations, Minister Coveney said:
“One day after International Women’s Day, it is worth noting that of these 13 senior management Head of Mission appointments seven are female, which reflects the ongoing work by my Department in the area of enhancing gender equality. While any one round of nominations is dependent on a number of factors, the Department will continue to strive as far as possible to the placing of women in senior roles across the mission network as well as at headquarters.”
Notes for Editors
All appointments are subject to the agreement of the receiving State and in any reporting should be presented as nominations. References to “headquarters” below is to the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.
Heads of Mission nominations by region:
Ms Bronagh Carr, currently Senior Development Specialist (Development Cooperation and Africa Division) at headquarters, to be Ambassador to Zambia (and to Namibia and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)), replacing Mr. Seamus O’Grady who has been appointed as Ambassador to Malawi.
Mr Kevin Colgan, currently Director (Corporate Services Division) at headquarters, to be Ambassador to Uganda (and to Rwanda), replacing Mr. William Carlos who is nominated as Ambassador to Philippines.
Ms Síle Maguire, currently Ambassador to Spain, to be Ambassador to Nigeria (and to Benin, Cote d’Ivore, Ghana, Senegal, Togo and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)).
Mr James McIntyre, currently Director (Ireland, UK and Americas Division) at headquarters, to be Ambassador to Morocco (and to Mauritania and Tunisia), a new Embassy being established under ‘Global Ireland – Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025'.
Mr Padraig Francis, currently Director (European Union Division) at headquarters, to be Ambassador to Indonesia (and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)), replacing Ms Olivia Leslie who returns to headquarters.
Mr Tim Mawe, currently Director (Asia Pacific Unit) at headquarters, to be Ambassador to Australia (and to Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands), replacing Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí who returns to headquarters.
Ms Anne-Marie Callan, currently Director (Human Resources Division) at headquarters, to be Ambassador to OSCE Vienna, replacing Mr Kevin Dowling.
Mr Kevin Conmy, currently Joint Secretary Belfast, to be Ambassador to Belgium and to the Liaison Office of Ireland to the Partnership for Peace (PfP)), replacing Ms Helena Nolan who is proposed as Consul General New York.
Ms Eimear Friel, currently First Secretary, Consul General New York, to be Ambassador to Latvia, replacing Mr James Hennessy who has returned to headquarters.
Mr Dermot McGauran, currently Director (Ireland, UK and Americas Division) at headquarters, to be Ambassador to Slovakia replacing Ms. Hilda Ó Riain.
Ms Maeve von Heynitz, currently Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy Berlin, to be Ambassador to Mexico (and to Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), replacing Ms Barbara Jones who has returned to headquarters.
Ms Sarah Mangan, currently First Secretary (Protocol) at headquarters, as Consul General Manchester to serve the North of England region, a new Consulate being opened as part of Global Ireland – Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025'.
Ms Helena Nolan, currently Ambassador to Belgium, as Consul General New York, replacing Ciarán Madden who returns to headquarters.