10 September 2009
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

New Permanent Representative of Ireland Presents Credentials


(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service.)

The new Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Anne Anderson, presented her credentials today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Until her appointment, Ms. Anderson was her country’s Ambassador to France since July 2005; and concurrently since January 2007, as non-resident Ambassador to Monaco.

From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Anderson served as Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels; before which she was Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, where her responsibilities also included Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (1999-2000); Vice-President of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (1997); and Chair of Trade Policy Review Body, World Trade Organization.

During her long diplomatic service, the new envoy, having entered the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972, has also served as Assistant Secretary General, Administration, Department of Foreign Affairs (1991-1995); Counsellor, Anglo-Irish Division, Department of Foreign Affairs (1987-1991); Press Attaché, Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C. (1985-1987); Economic Attaché, Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C. (1983-1985); First Secretary, Political Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs (1980-1983); First Secretary, Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva (1976-1980); First Secretary, Economic Division, Department of Foreign Affairs (1974-1976); and Third Secretary, Economic Division of the same Department (1972-1974).

Born in July 1952 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ms. Anderson studied at Dublin’s University College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in history and politics, and at Kings Inns where she obtained a diploma in legal studies.

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