Their Excellencies, the Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Ambassador of the Republic of Angola presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
H.E. Mr. Eshetu Dessie Hordofa, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Selamawit Hailu WoldeMariam, his daughter, Ms. Kalkidane Eshetu Dessie, his son, Mr. Abel Eshetu Dessie and Mr. Zeleke Hirpa Aria, Consular Officer at the Embassy;
H.E. Mr. Adriaan Palm, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was accompanied by his wife, Ms. Binky Palm and Mr. Yaron Oppenheimer, Deputy Head of Mission.
H.E. Mr. Rui Jorge Carneiro Mangueira, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Maria Silvina Caetano, and Mr. Bernardino Pacheco, Counsellor at the Embassy;
Minister Paul Kehoe, T.D., Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Defence with Special Responsibility for Defence, represented the Government at the ceremony.
The following were also present: Mr. Art O’Leary, Secretary General to the President; Col. Liam Condon, Aide-de-Camp to the President; Mr. Niall Burgess, Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mr. Feilim McLaughlin, Mr. Joe Brennan, Ms. Amy Colgan, 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 2 Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Brian O’Shea.
A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 1st Mechanised Infantry Company, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare under the command of Lieutenant John Paul Lee. Captain John Carpenter conducted the Army No. 1 Band, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin.