Embassy of the United States in Dublin

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Embassy of the United States of America in Dublin Seal of an Embassy of the United States of America.png
Location Dublin, Ireland
Address 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
53°19′48.6″N 6°14′01.7″W / 53.330167°N 6.233806°W / 53.330167; -6.233806
Ambassador Kevin O'Malley
Website U.S. Embassy in Dublin

The Embassy of the United States of America in Dublin is the diplomatic mission of the United States of America to Ireland.

The Chancery is located at 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.[1] The Ambassador's Official Residence is located at the Deerfield Residence, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.[2]

Kevin F. O'Malley is the current Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland, having being confirmed by the United States Senate on September 18, 2014.[3] Daniel M. Rooney was the previous US Ambassador to Ireland until his resignation on December 14, 2012. Stuart Dwyer had been the Chargé d'affaires since September 5, 2014.[4]

Ambassador[edit]

Kevin O'Malley holds the current position of United States Ambassador to Ireland. O'Malley, an Irish American attorney from Missouri, was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 5, 2014, and was confirmed by the US Senate on September 18, 2014.[5] Stuart Dwyer had been the Chargé d'affaires and acting Chief of Mission, assuming the role on September 5, 2013, replacing the previous Chargé d'affaires John Hennessey-Niland.[6] The previous ambassador was Dan Rooney, appointed to the position on March 17, 2009 by U.S. President Barack Obama, and sworn in by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on July 1, 2009, before presenting his credentials to then Irish President Mary McAleese on July 3, 2009. Ambassador Rooney resigned as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland on December 14, 2012 and returned to Pittsburgh, aged 80.[7]

History[edit]

Chancery Building of the Embassy of the United States of America in Ballsbridge, Dublin

Chancery[edit]

The embassy was designed by American architect John M. Johansen, in consultation with Irish architect Michael Scott.[8] It was constructed between 1962 and 1964 on a triangular site at the intersection between Elgin Road and Pembroke Road. The building is circular in plan,[9] incorporating modern interpretations of early Celtic and later Irish buildings with contemporary, bold American design as well as symbolising the first American flag, and is considered a Dublin landmark.[10] There are five floors at the complex, two underground and three above ground, plus a smaller sixth storey on the rooftop.[11]

On 23 May 2011, a 2005 model Cadillac Presidential State Car was involved in an incident when it got stuck on a ramp as it exited the U.S. Embassy during an official visit by President Barack Obama. It is understood that the wheelbase of the vehicle was too great for the ramp, and it had to be towed off the ramp as a large crowd looked on. President Obama left the embassy through an alternative exit. The U.S. Secret Service later stated that the car was a spare, and that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in another vehicle.[12] Coincidentally, this occurred on the 47th anniversary of the official opening of the building on 23 May 1964.

Ambassador's Residence[edit]

Main article: Deerfield Residence

Deerfield Residence, a large 18th century house on over 60 acres in the Phoenix Park, has since February 19, 1927 been the United States Ambassador's Official Residence in Ireland. Before the 1960s, the embassy was located at the grounds, then known as the Chief Secretary's Lodge.[13] The United States first opened a consulate in Ireland in 1859 at a building on Adelaide Road, Dublin 2, and also had a presence at Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from 1948.[14] Both current diplomatic premises are owned and operated by the United States Department of State on behalf of the United States federal government.

Future[edit]

In late 2012, the United States Department of State announced the embassy will move to new location within a number of years. The Chancery in Ballsbridge, which is 50 years old as of 2014, has been deemed "no longer suitable", and an embassy spokesperson stated that the current building no longer meets the needs in terms of size of the expanding American diplomatic presence in Ireland (between 150 and 200 staff work at the embassy),[15] and does not conform to new construction and security requirements ("code") issued by Washington D.C..[16] A number of sites around Dublin City are being considered for the construction of a new embassy building, which will be on larger grounds, will be a larger building than the Ballsbridge Chancery, and may be located nearer to the Ambassador's Residence and Dublin Airport for security reasons and ease of access. However, completion of the move to a new embassy facility is likely to take up to 10 years and cost tens of millions of dollars.[17]

Security[edit]

Security at the embassy is seen as a priority for Ireland's national police, the Garda Síochána, and is protected 24/7 by a team of armed, plainclothes detectives from the Special Detective Unit (SDU), the force's counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence section.[18] They provide close protection to the ambassador and high-ranking diplomats when travelling outside of the embassy, as well as motorcade security. The U.S. Ambassador's Residence (Deerfield Residence, Phoenix Park) is also guarded. Within the embassy and residence grounds, security is the responsibility of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (United States Department of State) and Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, who are heavily armed.[19] Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, new secure entrances, guardhouses and blast walls were installed. The external windows of the Chancery building are reflective, as a privacy measure. In late 2013, significant upgrades were made to the physical and perimeter security of the embassy, designed to reduce the threat of vehicle bombings and to repel intruders.[20] This was part of U.S. government security directives at diplomatic missions across 14 different European nations due to the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Offices[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Embassy Dublin - History". U.S. Embassy Dublin. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Ambassador's Residence ("Deerfield"), Phoenix Park, Dublin". U.S. Embassy Dublin. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Kamen, Al; Itkowitz, Colby (18 September 2014). "Gingrich holds ’94 election reunion, calls current GOP politics ‘pathetic’". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chargé d'affaires (Chief of Mission)". U.S. Embassy Dublin. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "White House nominates Missouri lawyer as new ambassador". RTÉ News. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "About us: Chargé d'affaires". Embassy of the United States, Dublin. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ambassador Dan Rooney resigns". U.S. State Department. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Deaglán De Bréadún (2009-02-25). "US embassy in Dublin to relocate". Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  9. ^ Loeffler, Jane C. (1998). The Architecture of Diplomacy. Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 228–229. ISBN 1-56898-138-4. 
  10. ^ "Opening Nights". Time Magazine. 1964-05-29. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  11. ^ "American Embassy celebrates 50 years in Dublin". Irish Independent. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Obama's Beast 'did not get stuck' on Dublin ramp". BBC News. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ambassador's Residence". Embassy of the United States, Dublin. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "US Embassy marks 50 years in Chancery building". RTÉ News. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Gittens, Geraldine (16 March 2009). "US embassy hunts for bigger site". Herald.ie. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Murphy, Cormac (3 April 2009). "US embassy building needs to be protected". The Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Smyth, Sam (27 November 2012). "US Embassy to move from Ballsbridge". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  18. ^ Cusack, Jim (24 November 2012). "Exposed: US embassy is top terror risk". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "US State Dept | Securing Our Embassies Overseas". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  20. ^ Murphy, Cormac (21 September 2013). "US embassy security plan will go ahead". The Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 53°19′48.6″N 6°14′01.7″W / 53.330167°N 6.233806°W / 53.330167; -6.233806