Geraldine Byrne-Nason: “There we were, the Norwegian ambassador, myself and the Canadian foreign minister, standing outside the building as countries entered to vote”

Geraldine Byrne-Nason stood outside the United Nations building in Manhattan in New York as ambassadors arrived to decide on the 10 countries that wou(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “Now that we are on the security council, Ireland’s voice internationally will be more relevant and more impactful.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Small nations will expect Ireland to be “a pebble in the shoe” of large countries when it sits on the UN Security Council, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has (...)

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney has contacted 72 foreign ministers in the run-up to the UN Security Council seat vote. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

It seems absurd that winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council could be helped by an invite to a Celine Dion or U2 concert but in a global(...)

 To secure a seat on the UN Security Council which has five permanent and 10 temporary members, Ireland needs 129 votes from the 193 members in the secret ballot. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The Republic has said it will represent small states if elected to the United Nations Security Council and one of the key calling cards in the campaig(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland is stepping up efforts to secure a seat on the UN Security Council next year ahead of a key vote on June 17th. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has int(...)

Neil Cooney (34) and his partner Kath (32) after their arrival at Dublin Airport from Peru. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ten hours into a gruelling bus journey from Tarapoto, a city on the edge of the Amazon in northern Peru, the bus carrying Irish citizens to Lima for a(...)

Ireland is competing with Norway and Canada for two of the rotating seats on the 15-member UN Security Council. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

All eyes will turn to New York next week as world leaders descend on the city for the United Nations General Assembly. This year the focus is on clim(...)

Eavan Boland reading  a  poem  commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy and Ireland’s permanent mission to the United Nations to mark the centenary.

Women still do not enjoy full suffrage around the world despite huge advances in female voting rights over the last century, Minister for Children Kat(...)

Winning ways: Emmanuel Macron at his victory rally in Paris after being elected president, in May 2017. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron likes to convince people. In manner and method, he is unlike his predecessors. Nicolas Sarkozy cajoled and bullied. François(...)

British prime minister Theresa May at the Élysée Palace in Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Receiving British prime minister Theresa May at the Élysée Palace in Paris on June 13th, French president Emmanuel Macron twice emphasised that he wan(...)

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