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UN seat a tribute to credible legacy and boots on the ground in dangerous places

Declan Power


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Big decisions: The United Nations Security Council meets at UN headquarters in New York City. Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Big decisions: The United Nations Security Council meets at UN headquarters in New York City. Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

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Big decisions: The United Nations Security Council meets at UN headquarters in New York City. Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Ireland winning one of the non-permanent seats on the UN's Security Council (UNSC) is clear recognition of our capacity for peacekeeping, peace-building and humanitarian engagement at the tactical, operational and strategic policy levels.

As such, this is a great political and diplomatic coup for a country of our size. There is much to be pleased about and much to be careful about moving forward.

The priority during Ireland's tenure on the UNSC will be about maintaining international security and stability by upholding the values of partnership, empathy and independence.