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Published: 08.01.2016

David Donoghue, the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, will be speaking at 10GA.

Ambassador Donoghue is the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations since September 2013.  He has been Co-Facilitator, with the Permanent Representative of Kenya, of the negotiations on the post 2015 development agenda.

From 2009-2013, Mr. Donoghue was the Political Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin. Earlier, from 2006 to 2009 he was Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany and from 2004 to 2006, he was Ambassador to Austria and the Vienna-based United Nations agencies

Mr. Donoghue was appointed Ambassador to the Russian Federation, with side accreditations to Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, he was Director-General of the Irish Government’s development cooperation programme, known as Irish Aid.

Mr. Donoghue has been posted to the Irish Embassies in the Holy See (1977-1978) and Germany (1978-1983), as well as the Irish Permanent Mission to the United Nations (1987-1988). He was seconded to the French and Italian Foreign Ministries (1984-1985) as part of a support service for what is today the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Upon entering Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1975, Mr. Donoghue spent time working at the Irish Embassy in London and as head of the Anglo-Irish Secretariat in Belfast.  He spent a combined total of 17 years working on the Northern Ireland problem and Anglo-Irish relations.  He was closely involved in the negotiation of both the Anglo-Irish Agreement and the Good Friday Agreement.

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