Top United Nations role for Geraldine
The Drogheda-born Irish ambassador to France, Geraldine Byrne Nason, is to leave Paris to become Ireland's permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.
She will be tasked with trying to secure Ireland a seat on the UN security council in 2020. She will be replacing David Donoghue, who is retiring.
Geraldine became Ambassador to France in August 2014, having moved from her position as Second Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach.
Her elevation to the Taoiseach's office made her the highest ranking female civil servant in the country, and the first to be appointed to a top job on Merrion Street.
She has served at the UN in New York, Vienna, Geneva and Helsinki.
A former student at Our Lady's, Greenhills, she went to St Patrick's College Maynooth, where she graduated with a BA and MA in Literature before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1982. In 2014, Geraldine was elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.