Ireland's Ambassador to the United Nations, Geraldine Byrne Nason, will be moving to Washington later this year where she will take up the post of ambassador to the United States.
Byrne Nason will replace current ambassador Dan Mulhall who will be taking his leave of diplomatic service and taking up a post with New York University.
Byrne Nason has been heading Ireland's mission to the world body during the Irish two year rotating position on the Security Council and has been a consistent voice in articulating Ireland's opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and and support for Ukraine.
As is happens, today, April 1, marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Ukraine.
Marking the occasion, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney said: “I am pleased to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Ukraine.
“Ireland’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and its right to choose its own foreign and security policy path is unwavering.
“I have been so impressed by the courageous, measured and very capable response by Ukraine and its people to the unacceptable invasion of their country by Russia. Your resilience is being sorely tested but I am confident that you will overcome this grave challenge facing your country, as you have done at pivotal times in your long history.
“Along with our EU partners and other likeminded countries, Ireland stands firmly with you, and will offer assistance in the rebuilding process. I look forward to continued and enhanced cooperation as we explore ways for Ukraine to deepen its links with Ireland and with the EU.”