Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Dr Ruth Adler as Australia’s next Ambassador to Ireland.
Dr Adler is expected to take up her appointment in January 2013, replacing Mr Bruce Davis who has been Ambassador since December 2009.
Dr Adler is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is currently Assistant Secretary, Trade Policy Branch, Office of Trade Negotiations. Previous experience includes Assistant Secretary, Environment Branch (2009-2011). Dr Adler has served overseas as Australia’s High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam (2006-2009); First Secretary then Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Mexico City; and Third then Second Secretary, Australian Embassy, Manila.
Dr Adler holds a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University, a Doctorate in Latin American Studies from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of New South Wales.
Australia and Ireland have a significant trade and cultural relationship. In 2010-11 two-way Australian-Irish trade exceeded $A2.2 billion, including Australian exports such as wine, health products and electrical machinery, and imports such as food items, medicines and orthopaedic appliances. Irish investment in Australia is valued at around A$3.0 billion. There are approximately 80,000 holders of Irish passports who are Australian permanent residents, and in 2010-11 there were a further 76,432 Irish visitors to Australia.
Australia and Ireland also share bilateral agreements covering taxation, social security, medical treatment for travellers and working holidays for young people.
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