Reece Smyth’s assignment to the US Embassy in Ireland comes to a close next week. Reece arrived in Ireland as Deputy Chief of Mission in late 2016. He assumed the post of Chargé d’Affaires in January 2017 and served as Chargé until the arrival of Ambassador Edward F. Crawford last month.Reece has been an outstanding representative of the USA. He has been a tireless advocate of US-Ireland relations and has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland ceaselessly during his term of office. He has immersed himself in Irish culture and community life – including learning Irish and speaking it on our national radio and television services.
Reece’s term as Chargé included three highly successful St Patrick’s Day programmes at the White House, a bilateral meeting between the President and Taoiseach in June this year and a Congressional Delegation led by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. It also included a very significant number of visits by leading members of the US Administration and key Government Departments and Agencies that have served to strengthen our Transatlantic ties.
Reece has been a wonderful advocate of the two-way street of trade, investment and job creation between the US and Ireland – exemplified by the Transatlantic Economic Conference the Embassy hosted in September 2018 with keynotes by the Taoiseach and the Chairman of President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers. AmCham was honoured to have Reece as a Board member and grateful that he took the time to visit so many of our member companies and participate in so many of our programmes – including our Hackathon.
Reece is a proud American, a true patriot, who is also very proud of his Irish heritage – we know that wherever his career takes him in the future, part of his heart will always be in Ireland – go raibh maith agat Reece.