Ambassador Brian McElduff presented his credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee of India on 3 February 2016.
Message from Ambassador McElduff
Welcome to the Embassy of Ireland in New Delhi!
The Embassy opened in 1964 as our first resident diplomatic mission in the whole of Asia, reflecting old ties between Ireland and India and particularly the strong links between the independence movements in both countries.
The Irish-Indian relationship has always had a strong focus on education, Irish expatriates having founded and taught in many of India’s best schools. These days, more and more Indian students are choosing Ireland for their third level and post-graduate education and academic collaboration is going from strength to strength.
Business between our two countries is booming. More and more Indian companies are trading with and investing in Ireland as well as taking advantage of Ireland as an excellent base from which to access the European market. At the same time, Irish investment in India is at an all-time high, with more and more Irish companies seeking to expand into India or to collaborate with Indian companies. The range of sectors in which we work together is diverse – everything from horseracing to pharmaceuticals, to financial services and dairy technology.
Tourism links are also flourishing, helped by the introduction of the British-Irish Visa Scheme. It is now easier than ever for Indian visitors to come to our green island to enjoy our splendid scenery, pursue all manner of outdoor activities in a clean environment and take part in our convivial culture. Record numbers of Indians are discovering Ireland and at the same time India is attracting the interest of Irish travellers looking for an exciting, beautiful and culturally fascinating holiday destination.
Please let us know how we can be of service to you.
Biography of Ambassador McElduff
Trinity College Dublin and University of Leoben, Austria
Joined the Irish diplomatic service in 1992.
Served in Stockholm, Budapest, Bucharest, Moscow and Prague before becoming Ambassador to Slovakia in 2012.
Director for Human Resources in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2013-2015 before being appointed Ambassador to India.