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Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson Visits Neumann


Sinead Mohan
Sinead Mohan listens intently as Ambassador Anderson explains the challenges of being the first woman to serve as Irish ambassador to the U.S.

Anne Anderson, Ireland’s first woman ambassador to the United States, visited Neumann University on February 20. She shared breakfast and conversation with Dr. Rosalie Mirenda and ten University students, most of whose families have Irish roots.


Anderson specifically told the students how she became a diplomat and explained the challenges of being the first woman in her post.


The 17th Irish ambassador to America, Anderson was appointed to her current post in August 2013, replacing Michael Collins. Her prior positions include serving as permanent representative to the United Nations (2009-13) and ambassador to France (2005-09).


In September of 2013, she wrote about her priorities as Irish ambassador to the United States: supporting immigration reform, strengthening economic ties, and promoting U.S. interest in Northern Ireland.


“It is our profound hope that the current impetus for comprehensive reform will be sustained:  that relief will finally be offered to the undocumented Irish and a pathway opened for legal immigration in the future,” she wrote. “I will be doing everything possible to buttress the range of lobbying efforts under way.”


Anderson also pledged to focus on economic growth. “Both economies have benefitted greatly from growing trade and investment. My priority will be to grow those ties further, continuing the all-out effort to bring trade, investment and tourism to new levels.”


Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson
Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson spoke with 10 students during her visit to campus.


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