Ambassador to China

  • A Sligo woman is to become Ireland's next ambassador to China.

    Former vet Dr Ann Derwin, who's currently assistant secretary general at the Department of Foreign Affairs, has been nominated to replace Eoin O'Leary as the State's ambassador in Beijing.

    She moved to the Department of Foreign Affairs from the Department of Agriculture in 2017, and has previously served as agricultural attaché in Spain before returning to become chief economist at the Department of Agriculture.

    The Irish Times reports that this is Ms Derwin's first overseas appointment as an ambassador, and she moves to Beijing at a critical time in relations between the two countries, when the supply of PPE from Chinese manufacturers is essential to Ireland's fight against Covid-19, and as China becomes a more important trading partner and destination for Irish exports.