Cookies on the DFA website

We use cookies to give the best experience on our site while also complying with Data Protection requirements. Continue without changing your settings, and you'll receive cookies, or change your cookie settings at any time.

Skip to main content

Ambassador Designate Eoin O'Leary

Eoin O'Leary was appointed Ambassador of Ireland to the People's Republic of China in September 2017. He presented his credentials to President Xi Jinping on 13 September 2017.

Message from Ambassador O'Leary

Welcome to our website where you will find information about the warm and close relations between Ireland and China as well as details of the work of the Embassy and the services which we provide.

As China continues its historic development and growth, it is a privilege for me to represent Ireland in this country.

Team Ireland in China comprises the Embassy, our two Consulates General (in Shanghai and Hong Kong respectively), our Visa Office in Beijing and our State Agencies - IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) and Tourism Ireland.

Under close direction from the Government of Ireland, we are here to bond the two countries together. We support the community of Irish people who are resident, or who may be travelling in China as well as Irish individuals, businesses, public bodies and institutions which are engaged in activities in China. We promote flows of Chinese tourists and investment into Ireland and two-way flows of students together with cultural and artistic exchanges between the two countries.

Contemporary relations between Ireland and China are strong and broad based. They are becoming ever closer in the political domain, as well as in trade and investment, food and agriculture, in education, research and culture and in people-to-people links, especially among the young.

China's modern economy and that of Ireland complement each other and the aim is to ensure that we continue to grow our trade.

The essential context for these growing and mutually beneficial links is the developing political relationship. In 2012, the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., and his then counterpart as China's Premier signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement between Ireland and China. Beginning in that year there has been an intensive and fruitful schedule of high-level political and economic visits between the two countries. These include a four-day visit to Ireland in 2012 by then Vice-President Xi Jinping, a visit to China by the Taoiseach shortly afterwards, a nine-day State Visit to China by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in December, 2014 and latterly, in May 2015, a visit to Ireland by Premier Li Keqiang.

What a time for the young, growing and increasingly Chinese-speaking Irish community to be in China. What a time for so many people, Irish and Chinese, to be engaged in forging economic, cultural and other links between our two countries. And what a privilege for Anne and I, and all of us at the Embassy and in the wider Team Ireland to be a part of it!

Ambassador Curriculum Vitae

Eoin O’Leary became Ambassador of Ireland to the People’s Republic of China in September 2017. He was most recently the Director General of the European Neighbourhood and Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Previously he was Ambassador of Ireland to the Russian Federation. Concurrently, he was Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. He has also been the Irish Ambassador to the OSCE and chaired the OSCE Permanent Council in 2012.

Eoin held the position of Director General of the European and International Affairs Division in the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister’s Office) from 2000 to 2007. In that post Mr. O’Leary played a key role in the management of Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in 2004, and in the negotiation of the European Constitution and Lisbon Treaty.

Eoin is a qualified Barrister at Law and was a school teacher prior to becoming a diplomat.