FIRST LADY APPRECIATES OUTGOING IRISH AMBASSADOR
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has lauded H.E Donal Cronin the outgoing Irish Ambassador to Uganda for the smooth and easy working relationship he has exhibited during his tour of duty in Uganda.
“Working with you has been so easy and instrumental. We will miss you and we release you with difficulty”, the First Lady told Ambassador Donal Cronin who called on her at State House Nakasero on Monday to bid farewell.
Mrs. Janet Museveni acknowledged and appreciated the strong ties and cooperation between Uganda and Ireland. She also commended Ireland for the continued support to Uganda’s Education Sector and their role in the Karamoja Development Partners.
She also thanked Irish Aid Development Cooperation programme which takes into account the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE), education, governance and HIV/AIDS prevention.
“We have many similarities in our history as Ireland. We therefore value our relationship over the years and we hope to continue strengthening it”, she said.
Ambassador Donal Cronin appreciated the engagement with Mrs. Janet Museveni in her former docket as Minister for Karamoja and now as Minister of Education and Sports which he said are the two key Ministries for Ireland’s development cooperation.
He acknowledged the strong impact the Senior Citizen’s Grant is having in the Districts of Karamoja and the other Districts in Uganda where the programme is being piloted in partnership with the UK and Uganda Government. He however recommended that the financial contributions on the part of the Government for SAGE be honoured so that the roll out can be achieved.
Cronin succeeded Ambassador Anne Webster in 2013.
Ambassador Cronin informed the First Lady that together with his wife Susan Fraser and their four children, they have spent nearly 11 years in Uganda and consider it their second home. He said they are leaving reluctantly especially because of their children’s friends.
The Ambassador was accompanied to the meeting by his spouse Susan Fraser, Frank Kirwan the Head of Cooperation, Frances Collins the Second Secretary and the Personal Assistant to the Ambassador Justine Niyonzima.