Daniel Mulhall took up duty as Ireland’s 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017. Ambassador Mulhall joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and had his early diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (European Union) and Edinburgh where he was Ireland’s first Consul General, 1998-2001. He served as Ireland’s Ambassador to Malaysia (2001-05), where he was also accredited to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2005, he was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for his work in connection with the Asian tsunami. From 2009-2013 he was Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany.
Before going to Washington, he served as Ireland’s Ambassador in London (2013-2017). During his time in Britain, he was a regular speaker on political, literary and historical topics at Universities all over the country. Before departing from Washington, he was made a Freeman of the City of London in recognition of his work as Ambassador.
During his diplomacy career, Ambassador Mulhall has also held a number of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as Director-General for European Affairs, 2005-2009. He also served as a member of the Secretariat of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (1994-1995) which was set up in 1994 in order to promote political dialogue between different political traditions in Ireland. From 1994-1998, he was the Department’s Press Counsellor and in that capacity was part of the Irish Government’s delegation at the time of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
A keen advocate of public diplomacy, Ambassador Mulhall makes regular use of social media in order to provide information on the work of the Embassy, to highlight Ireland’s achievements and to engage with Irish communities and those with an interest in Ireland. During his time in Washington he will provide daily updates on Twitter @DanMulhall and through regular blogs to be posted on the Embassy’s website.