H.E. Anne Anderson
Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America
Message from Ambassador
Welcome to the Embassy of Ireland USA website. We hope you will use it as a means of keeping in touch with what is happening in Ireland, and with Ireland-related developments in the U.S.
The range and depth of engagement between our two countries is immense. We are bound together by ties of history and kinship, an by a contemporary economic relationship that continues to flourish to our mutual benefit.
2016 is a very special year for Ireland and for our extended family in America.
We are targeting the 100th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising - a seminal event in iris history, triggering a series of developments which ultimately led to our independence. It is an event that defines modern Ireland and our place in the world, and one which resonates with all Americans who cherish the principles of freedom and self-determination.
Throughout the year, the Embassy and Consulates, working with partner organisations, have organised over 200 events across the United States to mark the 2016 Commemorations. This programme is for everyone - all interests, all generations, for Irish Americans and for all those who are drawn to Ireland. The flagship event will be a three-week festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, from 16 May to 5 June, entitled "Ireland 100: a Hundred Years of Irish Culture." It will be a wonderful showcase of Irish music, theatre, dance, literature and poetry.
When these centenary celebrations draw to a close, I hope we will look back on a year that raised Ireland's profile in America; that educated us, animated us, challenged us and illuminated out path forward.
We greatly value the support and goodwill of the Irish American community and all our friends in America. I look forward to our continued work together, further strengthening the bonds between our two great nations.
Fáilte go dtí suíomh gréasáin Ambasáid na hÉireann i Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá. Tá súil againn go mbainfidh sibh leas as an suíomh seo chun coinneáil suas leis an méid atá ag tarlú in Éirinn agus le cúrsaí a bhaineann le hÉirinn sna Stáit Aontaithe.
Is domhain agus is leathan é an caidreamh idir an dá thír seo. Tá dlúthcheangal eadrainn ar bhonn staire agus muintearais, agus ar bhonn caidreamh eacnamaíoch comhaimseartha a bhfuil borradh faoi go fóill chun ár leasa araon.
Bliain an-speisialta is ea 2016 d'Éirinn agus dár dteaghlach sínte i Meiriceá.
Táimid á chomóradh go bhfuil 100 bliain imithe tharainn ó tharla Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916 – eachtra chinniúnach i stair na hÉireann, a spreag cora agus castaí as ar eascair an neamhspleáchas sa deireadh thiar. Eachtra shonrach is ea é as a tháinig Éire ár linne agus an áit atá againn ar domhan, agus is eachtra é a théann i bhfeidhm go mór ar na Meiriceánaigh go léir ar mór acu an tsaoirse agus an ceart ar a rialú féin.
I rith na bliana, d'eagraigh an Ambasáid agus na Consalachtaí, ag obair dóibh le heagraíochtaí comhpháirtíochta, breis agus 200 imeacht ar fud na Stát Aontaithe chun Cuimhneacháin 2016 a cheiliúradh agus a chomóradh. Is do gach aon duine, óg nó sean, an clár seo, cibé cén leas nó cén tsuim atá acu ann – do Ghael-Mheiriceánaigh agus dóibh siúd go léir a bhfuil bá acu le hÉirinn. I gcroílár na n-imeachtaí cuimhneacháin beidh féile trí seachtaine, ón 16 Bealtaine go dtí an 5 Meitheamh, ag an Kennedy Center in Washington DC, dar teideal “Ireland 100: a Hundred Years of Irish Culture.” Cuirfear taispeántas iontach ar bun de cheol, drámaíocht, damhsa, litríocht agus filíocht na hÉireann.
Nuair a bheidh deireadh tagtha le comóradh seo an chéid, tá súil agam go mbreathnóimid siar ar bhliain inar cuireadh leis an iomrá atá ar Éirinn i Meiriceá; bliain inar cuireadh lenár n-eolas, inar cuireadh beocht ionainn, inar cuireadh dúshlán fúinn agus inar lasadh solas ar an gcosán romhainn amach.
Is mór againn an tacaíocht agus an dea-thoil a léiríonn an pobal Gael-Mheiriceánach agus ár gcairde go léir i Meiriceá. Táim ag súil go mór le leanúint ar aghaidh ag obair as lámha a chéile leo, ag déanamh neartú arís eile ar an gceangal atá idir na náisiúin uaisle seo.
Le gach dea-ghuí,
Anne Anderson took up duty in Washington DC in August 2013. She is Ireland’s 17th Ambassador to the United States, and the first woman Ambassador
Ambassador Anderson was born in Ireland (Clonmel, Co. Tipperary) in 1952. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from University College, Dublin, and a Diploma in Legal Studies from Kings Inns, Dublin. She entered the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972.
Following a range of assignments at home and abroad, she took up her first posting as Ambassador in 1995. Prior to her current assignment in DC, she has served as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2009–2013); Ambassador to France (2005-2009); Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union, Brussels (2001-2005); and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Geneva (1995-2001)
During her Washington assignment, the Ambassador is particularly focussed on further strengthening Ireland-US economic, trade and investment links; highlighting Ireland’s interests in relation to reform of US immigration legislation; supporting US interest and engagement on key issues still to be fully addressed in Northern Ireland; and further deepening the vibrant cultural connections between the two countries.
Ambassador Anderson has undertaken a wide range of responsibilities in her assignments to date. Highlights of her multilateral work have included chairing the UN Commission on Human Rights (1999) and heading the Irish team in Brussels during Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2004 (she was awarded European Voice “Diplomat of the Year” in recognition of her Presidency role). During her New York assignment, she oversaw a review of the UN Peace-building machinery and was tasked by the President of the General Assembly with facilitating preparations for the 2013 UN Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals.
Ambassador Anderson’s particular focus at the UN was on development/human rights/gender equality issues. From her assignment in Brussels, she retains a keen interest in EU Affairs. As a former Ambassador in Paris, her involvement with France also continues – she returns regularly and speaks fluent French.
A strong believer in public diplomacy, Ambassador Anderson regularly engages as a lecturer, moderator and panellist in academic, think tank, and business settings. During her New York assignment, such engagements included Fordham University, Columbia University, International Peace Institute, UN Association of New York, Academic Council of the United Nations. Since taking up her current assignment, she has addressed think tanks both in DC (including Brookings; The Wilson Centre) and around the country (including the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; the Atlanta Council on Foreign Relations; the Alaska World Affairs Council) as well as speaking at a wide range of universities, Chambers of Commerce, and other business networks.
Ambassador Anderson was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honorary) by the National University of Ireland in December 2011. She was listed among Ireland’s “25 Most Powerful Women” by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015.