First RP envoy to Ireland presents credentials

July 16, 2009 9:23 am 

MANILA, July 16 —Ambassador Ariel Y. Abadilla has presented his credential to Irish President Mary McAleese at the Presidential Residence in the Irish capital of Dublin, making him the first envoy to Ireland and officially marking the establishment of the Philippine embassy in Dublin, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Ireland was formalized 25 years ago.

McAleese, in a ceremony, expressed her government’s hope for a future visit by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Abadilla, accompanied by daughters Marienette and Katharine, and Minister and Consul General Hjayceelyn Quintana, was given military honors.

Abadilla conveyed the traditional Filipino greetings of “Mabuhay” from President Arroyo to the Irish President and to the people of Ireland. He also referred to the parallel histories of the Philippines and Ireland — the domestic conflict between Protestants and Catholics that was eventually resolved after 30 years.

McAleese introduced Abadilla to Irish officials present at the ceremony, which included Minister of State and Chief Whip Pat Carey; Secretary General to the President Tim O’Connor and Assistant Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs Dan Mulhall. (PNA)

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