United States Ambassador to Ireland

Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland

Seal of the United States Department of State
Kevin O'Malley

since September 18, 2014
Residence Deerfield Residence
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Frederick A. Sterling
as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
Formation February 19, 1927
Website U.S. Embassy in Dublin

The United States Ambassador to Ireland is a position in existence since the 1920s, and is considered a highly prestigious position within the United States Foreign Service.

There have been a total of 31 United States Ambassadors to Dublin. All except one, Frederick A. Sterling, have been non-career appointees.

The ambassador and embassy staff at large work at the Ballsbridge Chancery of the Embassy of the United States of America in Dublin.[1] Deerfield Residence is the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador, located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.[2]

Kevin O'Malley is the incumbent US Ambassador to Ireland, an Irish American St. Louis attorney who President Barack Obama nominated on June 5, 2014. Mr. O'Malley was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 18, 2014, sworn-in by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry on September 30, 2014, and presented his credentials to Irish President Michael D. Higgins on October 8, 2014.[3][4] The post had been vacant for almost two years, following the resignation of Dan Rooney on December 14, 2012. Stuart Dwyer had been the Chargé d'affaires since September 5, 2013, and became Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) following the appointment of O'Malley.[5]

List of Ambassadors

U.S. diplomatic terms

Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
Deerfield Residence is the United States Ambassador's Official Residence in the Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

See also


  1. "U.S. Embassy Dublin - History". U.S. Embassy Dublin. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  2. "U.S. Ambassador's Residence ("Deerfield"), Phoenix Park, Dublin". U.S. Embassy Dublin. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  3. Carswell, Simon (5 June 2014). "US nominates Missouri lawyer as next Irish ambassador". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  4. Carswell, Simon (19 September 2014). "O'Malley approved as US ambassador to Ireland". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  5. "Chargé d'affaires (Chief of Mission)". U.S. Embassy Dublin. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  6. "Ambassador Dan Rooney Resigns (Statement)". 14 December 2012. U.S. State Department. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  7. "O'Malley confirmed as next US Ambassador to Ireland". RTÉ News. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  8. "New Ambassadors present Credentials". Office of The President (Republic of Ireland). Retrieved 9 November 2014.
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