Michael Macwhite Edit Profile
Amongst other postings, he served as the first Irish permanent delegate to the
He also fought for Bulgaria in the first Balkan War. He then joined the French Foreign Legion and fought in France, Greece and Turkey. He returned to Dublin after the Great War and offered his services to the fledgling Dáil Éireann.
In 1921, MacWhite was sent to Geneva as Dáil Éireann representative at the establishment of the He reported to George Gavan Duffy. This was the start of a diplomatic career which was to take him all over the world during 30 years of service to the Irish State. MacWhite was closely involved in preparing the Irish Free State for membership of the Having an office at 7, Place Claparède in Geneva, he served as the communication link between the League and the nascent State.
Following Irish admission to the in 1923, MacWhite was appointed permanent delegate of the Irish Free State to the League. He also handled the registration of the Anglo Irish Treaty with the League, a step objected to by the UK.
In 1929, MacWhite was sent to the United States as official representative of the Irish Free State. In 1938 he was posted to Rome where, as a representative of the renamed Irish state, Ireland, he encountered the hostility of a Fascist government distrustful of foreign diplomats.
When World War II broke out, MacWhite was responsible for looking after the Irish citizens living in Rome. He retired in 1950 with the rank of Ambassador.
He was a strong proponent of Irish membership of the League and served as a member of the Irish delegation representing the Irish Free State at the time it applied to join the in 1923.
Married Paula Asta Grüttner, of Hilleród, Denmark, September 22, 1921. Children: Irene (deceased), Eoin.