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Media release

20 November 2009

Diplomatic Appointment - Ambassador to Ireland

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Bruce Davis AM PSM as Australia's Ambassador to Ireland.

Mr Davis replaces Ms Anne Plunkett who has been Ambassador since March 2006. He is expected to take up his appointment in December 2009.

Ireland and Australia enjoy a strong and friendly relationship built on deep historical foundations and significant people-to-people links. Many Australians claim Irish ancestry. This important connection is strengthened by exchanges of ideas and experience, including in education, the arts, social welfare, health and the voluntary sector.

Contemporary links are enhanced by the large and growing number of visitors, particularly young people, travelling between Australia and Ireland. Tourism remains the strongest performing sector in our bilateral services trade.

Australia and Ireland are like-minded on many important international issues, such as arms control and disarmament, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, development and international humanitarian relief. Our shared values provide a strong basis for cooperation across the international agenda, including a commitment to the United Nations and its critical role in addressing global challenges.

Mr Davis was the Director-General of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) from 1999 until July 2009.

Born and educated in Queensland, Mr Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Queensland.

He has received three Australian awards: the Centenary Medal in January 2001 for outstanding service to international relations and development; the Public Service Medal in June 2004 for outstanding service as Director-General of AusAID, and the Member of the Order of Australia in June 2009 for service to international relations through leadership of AusAID and the development and reform of Australia’s overseas aid programs.


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