(DUBLIN, 1 MARCH 2013) – His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo presented his credentials to Ireland President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony held at Áras an Uachtaráin (“The President’s House”) last 27 February 2013.

The presentation of credentials marked the official assumption of Mr. Manalo as non-resident Ambassador of the Philippines to Ireland.

Ambassador Manalo was joined at the ceremony by Philippine Deputy Head of Mission Ms. Maria Fe Pangilinan.   The respective new Ambassadors to Ireland of the Republic of Turkey and of Jamaica also presented their credentials to the Ireland President that day.

The delegations were received from the Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, before being escorted to Áras an Uachtaráin.

His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo (left), non-resident Philippine Ambassador to Ireland, is received by the Escort of Honour ahead of the presentation of credentials ceremony

His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo (left), non-resident Philippine Ambassador to Ireland, is received by the Escort of Honour ahead of the presentation of credentials ceremony

Ms. Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, represented the Government at the ceremony.   Other Ireland officials in attendance were Mr. Loughlin Quinn, Deputy Secretary-General to the President; Mr. Colm Ó Floinn, Assistant Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ms. Orla O’Hanrahan, Chief of Protocol; Mr. Joe Brennan, Deputy Chief of Protocol and Ms. Marion O’Donnell, Assistant Chief of Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

During his talks with President Higgins, Ambassador Manalo formally conveyed the Philippines’ desire for greater political, economic and cultural ties with Ireland.  The Ambassador likewise thanked the President for the government’s support to the 12,000-strong Filipino community in Ireland, as well as for the meaningful humanitarian assistance extended by Ireland organizations in the wake of recent Philippine natural calamities.

President Higgins in turn praised the positive contributions of all the Filipinos living and working in Ireland, and echoed the sentiment of stronger Philippine-Ireland relations in the years ahead.     

During his stay in Dublin for the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Manalo also held several other meetings with key Ireland government officials, business and investment groups, and Filipino community organizations.  He will also lead a consular outreach mission to Dublin to be held on 1 to 2 March 2013. (END)