Ambassador Bourne presented his credentials to President Halimah Yacob on 24 August 2018. As well as being Ambassador to Singapore, Ambassador Bourne is also responsible for Ireland's relations with the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Brunei Darussalam
Warmest greetings to all friends of Ireland.
Ireland and Singapore may be separated by some land and sea, but we have much in common. Singapore and Ireland are both open and advanced economies and each is the most dynamic, innovative and creative small country in our respective regions. We are societies that value the experience and wisdom of our elders and the energy and imagination of our youth, and we both place a high value on tolerance and peace.
During my time as Ambassador, I pledge to do everything I possibly can, working with Enterprise Ireland (trade), IDA Ireland (inward investment), Bord Bia - the Irish Food Board, and indeed all the members of 'Team Ireland', to contribute to strengthening the friendship between our countries and our peoples, and growing the levels of two-way trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange, as well as promoting collaboration in areas of public policy development, scientific research and the arts. Above all, I would like to see our people-to-people relationships grow.
At the heart of those relationships are the many women and men who volunteer their time, their energy and their genius in the efforts of Irish business, sporting, social and cultural organisations. These are the modern torch-bearers of a long and historic tradition of connection between Ireland and Singapore. The work of these organisations and individuals is hugely important for our shared interests, and the Embassy will continue to focus on these activities as a high priority.
I want the sons and daughters of Ireland here to see Ireland House as their home away from home, and I want our Singaporean brothers and sisters to see Ireland as their second home in Europe and the gateway to the European Union and its Single Market of more than 500 million people.
|BORN:||18 March 1967|
Married to Sonali Rajasingham
With two daughters (Sally and Asha)
|EDUCATION:||Master of Arts in International Relations, Dublin City University, 2001|
|1984 - 1990||Executive Officer, Department of Justice|
|Feb 1990||Third Secretary, Anglo-Irish Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade|
|Oct 1990||Third Secretary, Embassy of Ireland, Baghdad|
|Mar 1991||Third Secretary, Middle East Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade|
|Aug 1991||Third Secretary, Embassy of Ireland, Tehran|
|Aug 1994||Third Secretary, Embassy of Ireland, Copenhagen|
|Sept 1995||First Secretary, Political Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade|
|Mar 1997||First Secretary, Embassy of Ireland, Canberra|
|Sep 2001||Seconded to the National Forum on Europe|
|Apr 2002||First Secretary, Development Cooperation Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade|
|Aug 2004||First Secretary, Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi|
|Jul 2009||First Secretary, Development Cooperation Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade|
|Jul 2013||Consul-General, Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh|
Nov 2015 to Jul 2018
Counsellor, Consular Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
|Aug 2018||Ambassador to Singapore|