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Ambassador McDonagh

Ambassador Bobby McDonagh became Ambassador of Ireland to Italy in September 2013. He presented his credentials to the then President of the Italian 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 about more 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.


Tá dlúthmhuintearas idir Éire agus an Iodáil thar na céadta bliain. Sa lá atá inniu ann, tá ceangal cairdis chroíúil ar leith eadrainn inár gcáil mar bhaill dhíograiseacha, thiomanta den Aontas Eorpach.

Cuimsítear go leor gnéithe éagsúla sa chaidreamh idir an Iodáil agus Éire, lena n-áirítear comhleasanna a bheith á saothrú againn san Eoraip agus comhluachanna a bheith á gcur chun cinn againn sa domhan mór; méid níos mó agus níos mó gnó agus trádála idir ár dtíortha agus acmhainneacht spreagúil ann d'fhorbairt bhreise; agus an neart agus an bheocht ar leith atá ag ár gcultúir faoi seach, lena saibhrítear iad araon. Ábhar suntais ar leith is ea gné dhaonna an chaidrimh – is é sin an chomhbhá agus an cairdeas nádúrtha idir na hÉireannaigh agus na hIodálaigh cibé áit a dtagaimid trasna ar a chéile – mar chomhghleacaithe gnó, mar thurasóirí, ar an bpáirc imeartha, mar bhaill den iomaí teaghlach sínte Éireannach-Iodálach, nó díreach mar chairde.

Cibé is mian leat cuairt a thabhairt ar Éirinn, gnó a dhéanamh le hÉirinn, taitneamh a bhaint as cultúr na hÉireann, nó díreach tuilleadh a fháil amach faoi Éirinn, tá súil agam go mbeidh an suíomh gréasáin seo ina chabhair duit. Tá súil agam go mbeidh sé ina chúnamh freisin do shaoránaigh na hÉireann ar mian leo leas a bhaint as ár gcuid seirbhísí consalachta. Beidh mé féin agus mo chomhghleacaithe in Ambasáid na hÉireann thar a bheith sásta aon chúnamh breise a thabhairt duit.


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Bobby McDonagh
Ambassador

Ambassador BOBBY MCDONAGH

 

Ambassador Bobby McDonagh joined the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in 1977. He has been the Irish Ambassador to Italy (as well as to the United Nations Organisations in Rome and to San Marino) since September 2013.

He was Irish Ambassador in London from 2009 to 2013, an important period in British-Irish relations which included Queen Elizabeth’s State Visit to Ireland.

Prior to that he spent 23 years working on European Union issues including as EU Director General at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin from 2001 to 2005 and as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the European Union from 2005 to 2009. He worked in the General Secretariat of the European Parliament from 1983 to 1985 and in the cabinets of two Irish EU Commissioners between 1990 and 1994. He has also been Ireland’s Ambassador to Malaysia (accredited to Thailand, Vietnam and Laos).

His published work includes Original Sin in a Brave New World – The Paradox of Europe (IEA 1997); The IGC: How the deal was done – an account of the negotiations of the EU Constitutional Treaty (in The Genesis and Destiny of the European Constitution, Bruylant 2007); and “Irish Friends and Friends of Ireland”: London Speeches 2009-2013.

He was educated at Gonzaga College in Dublin and Balliol College, Oxford.

He is married to Mary. They have four daughters.

 


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  

Career

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 

Publications:

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)