New Ambassadors present Credentials16 June 2011
Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of Japan, Mexico and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
H.E. Mr. Chihiro Atsumi, Ambassador of Japan, was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Ikuko Atsumi and by Mr. Tatsuo Kitagawa, Deputy Head of Mission;
H.E. Mr. Carlos Eugenio Garcia de Alba, Ambassador of Mexico, was accompanied by Ms. Alicia Kerber Palma, Deputy Head of Mission;
H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, was accompanied by Mr. Nguyen Tuan Viet, Second Secretary at the Embassy.
Mr. Dinny McGinley,T.D., Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, represented the Government at the ceremony.
The following were also present: Mr. Loughlin Quinn, Deputy Secretary-General to the President; Ms. Kathleen White, Chief of Protocol, Ms. Angela O’Farrell, Counsellor, Mr. Joe Brennan, Deputy Chief of Protocol, and Ms. Cliona Manahan, Deputy Chief of Protocol, 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 John Forde.
The Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by troops drawn from the Supply and Services Unit, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, under the command of Lieutenant Ross Barrett
The Army No. 1 Band was conducted by Captain Fergal Carroll.