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Ambassador McDonagh

Ambassador McDonagh became Ambassador of Ireland to Italy in September 2013. He presented his credentials to the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano on 1st October 2013.

Irish Ambassador to Italy, Bobby McDonagh, with President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano

Message from Ambassador McDonagh

Ireland and Italy have enjoyed a deep relationship over the centuries. Today we share a particularly warm and close friendship as enthusiastic and committed members of the European Union.

The Italian-Irish relationship has many dimensions including the pursuit of shared interests in Europe and the promotion of shared values in the wider world; significant and expanding business and trade between our countries with exciting potential for further development; and the mutual enrichment which flows from the exceptional strength and vibrancy of our respective cultures. The human dimension of the relationship is particularly striking – namely the natural affinity and warmth between Irish and Italians whenever and wherever we meet - as business colleagues, as tourists, on the sports field, as members of the many extended Irish-Italian families, or simply as friends.

Whether you wish to visit Ireland, to do business with Ireland, to enjoy Irish culture, or simply to know more about Ireland, I hope that you will find this website helpful. I hope it will also be of assistance to Irish citizens wishing to avail of our consular services. My colleagues at the Irish Embassy and I will be very happy to provide any additional assistance.

Un caro saluto
Bobby McDonagh


Born Washington D.C., 29 June 1954
Educated  Gonzaga College, Dublin 
  Balliol College, Oxford (MA Greats/Classics) 
  President of the Oxford Union 
Married, 4 Daughters  


1977-1980 Third Secretary, Political Division, Department of Foreign Affairs Dublin
1980-1983 Third Secretary, Embassy of Ireland, Luxembourg 
1983-1985 General Secretariat of the European Parliament, Political Affairs 
1985-1987  First Secretary, Economic Division, Department of Foreign Affairs 
1987-1990  First Secretary, Irish Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels 
1990-1994 European Commission Brussels: Member of Commissioner
McSharry’s Cabinet and later Deputy Chef de Cabinet of
Commissioner Flynn 
1995-2000  Counsellor, EU Division, Department of Foreign Affairs 
2000-2001 Ambassador to Malaysia (accredited also to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos) 
2001-2005  Director General, EU Division, Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin 
2005-2009  Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, Brussels 
2009-2013 Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom 
2013- Ambassador of Ireland to Italy, as well as to the UN organisations in
Rome and to San Marino 


Original Sin in a Brave New World, the Paradox of Europe (IEA 1997) The IGC: How the deal was done - an account of the negotiation of the EU Constitutional Treaty, contained in The Genesis and Destiny of the European Constitution (Bruylant 2007)