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, and by a contemporary economic relationship that continues to flourish to our mutual benefit.
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 to further strengthen 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.
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 Inn, 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 served as Ireland's Ambassador to the United Nations in new York (2009-2013); Ambassador to France (2005-2009); Ambassador to the European Union, Brussels (2001-2005); an Ambassador 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 addresses 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 WTO Trade Policy Review Body (1996), 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 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.
A strong believer in public diplomacy, Ambassador Anderson regularly engages as a lecturer, moderator and panellist in academic, think tank, and business setting. 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 numerous think tanks both in DC and around the country 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 and the "30 Irish Women You Need to Know" by the Irish Times in March 2017. During the past year, she was honoured with awards from University College Dublin (Alumnus of the Year, Arts and Humanities); Irish America Magazine; the Flax trust; the Irish International Immigration Centre, Boston; and the Irish American Partnership. She was presented with the International Leadership Award by the Ireland Funds at its 25th National Gala in Washington DC in March 2017.