Two new ambassadors have been appointed to Ireland’s Embassies in Slovenia and Hungary.

Kieran Dowling, the current Joint Secretary at the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat in Belfast, was named as Ambassador to Slovenia, with accreditation also to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. Kieran was formerly the ambassador to India and will replace Tom Brady at the Slovenian Embassy. The Slovenian Embassy of Ireland was established in Ljubljana in 2001 and is responsible for promoting Ireland’s interests in Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

Kevin Dowling, the current director general for Africa at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, was appointed as Ambassador to Hungary, with accreditation also to Montenegro and Kosovo. Kevin will take over from John Deady, the former Ambassador to Hungary in Budapest where the Irish Embassy was opened in 1996. The names of the two ambassadors will now be forwarded to the respective countries for acceptance.