April 10, 2023 marked the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought an end to decades of sectarian violence and political unrest in Northern Ireland. This landmark agreement established a power-sharing government and provided for the decommissioning of paramilitary weapons and the release of political prisoners. Since its signing, the agreement has played a crucial role in maintaining peace and stability in Northern Ireland, though challenges remain.
Join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the Irish Cultural Center, and Phoenix Sister Cities for a reception and program as we commemorate this historic event with Ireland's Consul General to Los Angeles, Marcella Smyth who will reflect on the significance of the agreement, the impact it has had on the region over the past 25 years, and what it means for the future of Northern Ireland.
This is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Good Friday Agreement and its legacy. Don't miss this chance to be a part of this important conversation.
Consul General Marcella Smyth
Consul General of Ireland to the South Western United States
Marcella Smyth is Ireland's Consul General to the South Western United States. Prior to this role, Ms. Smyth served as Deputy Director for International Security Policy in Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, working on UN Security Council issues such as UN peacekeeping, and protection of civilians. Previously, Ms. Smyth was posted to Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union where she served as press spokesperson. Ms. Smyth previously served in Ireland’s Embassy to Belgium as Deputy Head of Mission and then as Chargé d’Affaires. Ms. Smyth’s work within the Department of Foreign Affairs has also seen in her in the roles of Deputy Director, Programme Countries, Development Cooperation Division, and as Deputy Head of Mission to Ireland’s Embassy to Canada. Ms. Smyth has also previously combined this work with her role as lecturer on social policy in the Institute of Public Administration.
Ms. Smyth holds a BA in social science as well as a Masters in Social Policy and a Masters in Strategic Studies.