Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Italian Republic, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Republic of Albania presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
* H.E. Mr. Paolo Serpi, Ambassador of the Italian Republic was accompanied by his spouse Mrs. María Gabriela Echeverría Serpi and First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Carlo Siciliano.
* H.E. Mr. Md. Nazmul Quaunine, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was accompanied by his spouse Ms. Syeda Mustari Rahman Quaunine and First Secretary, Mr. Md. Shafiul Alam.
* H.E. Mr. Qirjako Qirko, Ambassador of the Republic of Albania, was accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Anxhela Qirko.
Minister Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs 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; Ms. Ann Derwin, Assistant Secretary - GIS – Global Irish Services in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mr. Feilim McLaughlin, Mr. Joe Brennan and Ms. Claire Buckley, 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 Grattan O’Hagan.
A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 1 Armoured Cavalry Squadron, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare under the command of Lieutenant Sinéad Ní Bhríain.
Captain Fergal Carroll conducted the Army No. 1 Band, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin.