Her Excellency Ms ANNE ANDERSON who graduated from UCD with a BA in History and Politics, is the 17th Ambassador of Ireland to the United States. A career diplomat, she also served as our representative to the United Nations, the European Union, France and Monaco, the first woman to hold each of these positions. She joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972, working here and in Washington before being appointed our Permanent Representative to the UN from 1995 to 2001. While in Geneva, the Clonmel native was named as chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, the fourth woman to earn the honour. From 2001 to 2005, she was Permanent Representative to the European Union in Geneva, where her work on behalf of Ireland earned her the honour of being named “Diplomat of the Year” by the influential website, European Voice.