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Geraldine to gain Freedom of Drogheda in January event


Ireland's Ambassador to the United Nation in New York, Ms Geraldine Byrne Nason, will be honoured with the Freedom of Drogheda at an event on January 10th, 2020.

It is expected to take place at her former school, Our Lady's College in Greenhills.

Geraldine served as Second Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach from 2011 until 2014, making her the highest ranking female civil servant in the country

She has served at the UN in New York, Vienna, Geneva, and Helsinki and in August 2017, she was appointed as Ireland's permanent representative to the UN in New York.

Before that she served as Ireland's Ambassador to France and Monaco.

"I am so looking forward welcoming Geraldine home to a accept this prestigious honour which was unanimously supported by the elected members of Drogheda Borough Council in October. I have always admired the roles which Geraldine has filled throughout the years of service both at home and abroad as one of Ireland's most senior Civil Servants. And more importantly Geraldine has never forgotten where home is and her love of the town is well demonstrated through her many visits to her family in Drogheda" said Mayor Paul Bell.

'I proposed Ambassador Byrne Nason to the elected members having met her through my work in Brussels when she represented Ireland as Ambassador to the European Union. It was fortunate that we had the opportunity to work together again through Drogheda's twinning with Sant Mande when Geraldine was Ireland's Ambassador to France. I also was keen to propose Geraldine in that she is super role model for young people and especially young women keen on entering a career in the service of the public at home and abroad.'