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Ambassador Paul Gleeson


Welcome Message

Welcome to the website of the new Embassy of Ireland in Chile!

I hope you find this site informative about Ireland, the services the Embassy offers, and the rich potential for deeper connections between Chile and Ireland.

Ours is an inter-twined history going back centuries, to even before Bernardo O’Higgins’ father, Ambrosio, left county Sligo in Ireland and eventually made his way to Santiago and Concepción. It was Bernardo O’Higgins – together with Juan MacKenna from Monaghan, and many others – who would go on to have the most profound impact in Chile’s fight for independence and early years as an independent state.

Bernardo was a big believer in forging deeper connections between Ireland and Chile. In 1823, he wrote to a friend, John Doyle, that: “I think there are no two countries better inclined to complement each other than Chile and Ireland.”

Over the decades that followed, many women and men from Ireland, or of Irish heritage, sought to deliver on those ambitions. This included religious missionaries, and prominent figures in politics, business and the arts.

The Embassy is hugely grateful for those manifold contributions from our diaspora, and from our Irish community in Chile today, as we now seek to help write the next chapter in the special relationship between Chile and Ireland. In this, we look forward to working with the Chilean Embassy in Ireland and with all the Irish state agencies or North/South Bodies – Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, the IDA, Tourism Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Culture Ireland and others – responsible for trade, investment, tourism, research & education cooperation, promoting Irish culture and so many other aspects of our multi-faceted relationship today.

So, lots of work to do – and we look forward to you, friends of Ireland and Chile, assisting and advising as we go. ¡Vamos!

Le gach dea-ghuí / Los mejores deseos,

Paul Gleeson



Paul Gleeson presented his credentials to President Piñera in May 2019. He is Ireland’s first resident Ambassador in Chile. He is also Ambassador of Ireland to Peru and to Ecuador.

In his career with Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Paul has represented the Irish Government in Europe, Africa and North America. His previous posting was as Consul General of Ireland in Atlanta, where he established the first new Irish Consulate in the United States of America since the 1930s.

He has previously served abroad at the Embassy of Ireland in Pretoria, South Africa; at Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium; and at Ireland’s Mission to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.

At Headquarters, Paul has served as Director for Strategy and Performance, in addition to positions in the Department’s Anglo-Irish and Development Cooperation Divisions. His most recent role from 2017-2019 was as Director of Policy for Ireland’s then Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney.

Paul is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the London School of Economics. He is married to Alita and they have four children: Zach, Daniel, Ameliana and Íde Rose.

An tAmbasadóir Paul Gleeson

Is é Paul Gleeson an chéad Ambasadóir cónaithe de chuid na hÉireann sa tSile.

Ina ghairm le Roinn Gnóthaí Eachtracha agus Trádála na hÉireann, rinne Paul ionadaíocht ar son Rialtas na hÉireann san Eoraip, san Afraic agus i Meiriceá Thuaidh. Ba é an post ba dhéanaí a bhí aige post mar Ard-Chonsal na hÉireann in Atlanta, áit ar bhunaigh sé an chéad Chonsal Éireannach nua i SAM ó na 1930idí.

Roimhe sin, d’fhóin sé thar lear ag Ambasáid na hÉireann in Pretoria na hAfraice Theas; ag Ionadaíocht Bhuan na hÉireann leis an Aontas Eorpach sa Bhruiséil, an Bheilg; agus ag Misean na hÉireann chuig an Eagraíocht um Chomhar agus Fhorbairt Eacnamaíochta (OECD) i bPáras na Fraince.

Ag an gCeanncheathrú, d’fhóin Paul mar Stiúrthóir Straitéise agus Feidhmíochta, mar aon le poist i Rannáin Angla-Éireannacha agus Comhoibrithe Forbartha na Roinne. Ba é an ról ba dhéanaí a bhí aige ná mar Stiúrthóir Beartais do Thánaiste na hÉireann agus don Aire Gnóthaí Eachtracha agus Trádála ó 2017-2019.

Is céimí ó Choláiste na Tríonóide, Baile Átha Cliath agus ón London School of Economics é Paul. Tá sé pósta le Alita agus tá ceathrar leanaí acu: Zach, Daniel, Ameliana agus Íde Rose.

Embajador Paul Gleeson

Paul Gleeson presentó sus credenciales al Presidente Piñera en mayo de 2019. Es el primer Embajador residente de Irlanda en Chile. También es Embajador de Irlanda en Perú y Ecuador.

En su carrera en el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Comercio de Irlanda, Paul ha representado al Gobierno irlandés en Europa, África y Norteamérica. Su cargo anterior en el extranjero fue como Cónsul General de Irlanda en Atlanta, donde estableció el primer nuevo Consulado de Irlanda en los Estados Unidos de América desde la década de 1930.

Anteriormente trabajó en el exterior en la Embajada de Irlanda en Pretoria, Sudáfrica; en la Representación Permanente de Irlanda ante la Unión Europea en Bruselas, Bélgica; y en la Misión de Irlanda ante la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico (OCDE) en París, Francia.

En la Sede, Paul se ha desempeñado como Director de Estrategia y Desempeño, además de ocupar cargos en las Divisiones Anglo-Irlandesa y de Cooperación para el Desarrollo del Departamento. Su cargo entre los años 2017 y 2019 fue el de Director de Política del entonces Tánaiste (Viceprimer Ministro) y Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y Comercio de Irlanda, Simon Coveney.

Paul se graduó en el Trinity College de Dublín y en la London School of Economics. Está casado con Alita y tienen cuatro hijos: Zach, Daniel, Ameliana e Íde Rose.