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The Embassy’s History

History of the Irish Embassy in Egypt

The Embassy in Cairo was opened in 1975. Diplomatic relations with Egypt were established the same year. The Embassy is effectively a regional Mission as it covers three other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (Lebanon, Syria and Jordan) as well as the Arab League. Up until 2015, the Embassy also covered relations with Sudan but the accreditation has now been taken over by the Embassy of Ireland in Nairobi.

The following is a list of former Irish Ambassadors to Egypt:

Brian O’Ceallaigh 1976 to 1978 (Chargé d'Affaires)
  1978 to 1985 (Ambassador)
Eamon Ryan  1985 to 1987
Eamon Ó'Tuathail 1987 to 1993
Hugh Swift 1993 to 1998
Peter Gunning 1998 to 2002
Richard O'Brien 2002 to 2006
Gerry Corr 2006 to 2010
Isolde Moylan 2010 to 2015
Cormac Gallagher  2015 (Chargé d'Affaires a.i.)