Obama names new Ambassador to Ireland

Kevin O’Malley has been named as the new Ambassador to Ireland from the United States.

Obama names new Ambassador to Ireland

Kevin O’Malley has been named as the new Ambassador to Ireland from the United States.

O'Malley's nomination was confirmed today in a formal statement by The White House, following media reports early this morning of the impending appointment.

Kevin F. O'Malley has been a lawyer for more than 35 years in Missouri, and a law professor at both Washington University and St Louis University.

He also served as an Assistant US Attorney and a Special Attorney in Organized Crime and Racketeering in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

O'Malley's appointment follows an 18-month gap in which the United States had no ambassador to Ireland, following the resignation of Dan Rooney in 2012.

Speaking about O'Malley's appointment - alongside two others to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board - President Obama said: "I am proud to nominate such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration.

"I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

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