New Ambassadors present Credentials06 December 2011
Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of Italy, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Republic of Kosovo, presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
H.E. Mr. Maurizio Zanini, Ambassador of Italy, was accompanied by his wife, Patricia, and their daughter Clelia and by Mrs. Antonella Fontana, Deputy Head of Mission.
H.E. Mr. Alphonse Berns, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, was accompanied by his wife, Christiane, and by Ms. Béatrice Kirsch, Deputy Head of Mission.
H.E. Mr. Muhamet Hamiti, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo, was accompanied by his wife, Vjosa, and their children, son Ag and daughter Era, and by Mr. Arion Krasniqi, First Secretary at the Embassy.
Ms. Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., Minister of State for Trade and Development at the Department of Foreign Affairs, represented the Government at the ceremony.
The following were also present: Mr. Adrian O’Neill, Secretary-General to the President; Mr. David Cooney, Secretary-General at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms. Kathleen White, Chief of Protocol, Mr. Joe Brennan, Deputy Chief of Protocol, and Ms. Orla O’Hanrahan, Counsellor at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Ambassadors were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Richard Piggott.
The Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by troops drawn from An Chéad Cathlán Coisithe, Dun ui Mhaoiliosa (1st Infantry Battalion, Mellows Barracks, Renmore), Galway, under the command of Lieutenant Desmond Ó Reilly. The Army No. 1 Band was conducted by Captain Declan Whitston.