President George W. Bush formally welcomed Ireland’s newest dignitary to the U.S. recently. Ireland’s new ambassador in Washington, D.C., Noel Fahey, accompanied by his wife, Christine, presented his letter of credence to Bush in a White House meeting on Wednesday, September 25. Fahey, who replaces the popular Sean O’Huiginn in the top diplomatic post, praised the administration for its ongoing interest in the Northern Ireland peace process, and singled out Bush’s special Irish envoy Richard Haass for particular praise.
Fahey arrives in the nation’s capital fresh from a posting in Germany and also spoke of the Irish contribution to the U.S. and the prosperous business links that exist between to countries. Naturally, he hopes those ties will be built upon and strengthened while he’s here. ♦