New Ambassadors Present Credentials16/1/14
Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Republic of Cuba, Italy and the Republic of Zambia presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
H.E. Mr. Hermes Herrera Hernández, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, was accompanied by his wife and Counsellor at the Embassy, Mrs. Ana Rosa Rojas.
H.E. Mr. Giovanni Adorni Braccesi Chiassi, Ambassador of Italy, was accompanied by Mrs. Antonella Fontana, Deputy Head of Mission.
H.E. Mr. Paul William Lumbi, Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia, was accompanied by his wife, Hilda, and by Mr. Amos Chanda, First Secretary at the Embassy.
Mr. Dinny McGinley, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, represented the Government at the ceremony.
The following were also present: Mr. Loughlin Quinn, Deputy Secretary-General to the President; Mr. Barrie Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ms. Orla O’Hanrahan, Chief of Protocol, Mr. Joe Brennan and Ms. Marion O’Donnell, Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Ambassadors were accompanied 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 Piggot.
A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 7th Infantry Battalion, Cathal Brugha Barracks, under the command of Lieutenant John Gaffney.
Captain Fergal Carroll conducted the Army No. 1 Band.
16 January 2014