Revealed: New Cabinet and Taoiseach’s Seanad nominees
RTE, 28 June 2020
Taoiseach Micheál Martin is holding his first Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle tonight after the new members of Government were formally appointed and received their seals of office from President Michael D Higgins.
Earlier today, he unveiled details of the new coalition Cabinet during a sitting of the Dáil in Dublin’s Convention Centre. He has also revealed his 11 nominees for the Seanad.
The three party leaders carved up the 15 cabinet seats in a six-six-three Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Green Party split, with two Ministers of State (so-called “super juniors”) also sitting at the table.
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New York initiative explores links between black identity and Irishness
The Irish Times
As preparations begin for St Patrick’s Day in the United States, an event in New York this week explored an often overlooked aspect of Irish-American identity.
The Irish consulate in New York hosted a gathering to mark the launch of the African-American Irish Diaspora Network, a new forum that aims to explore the links between Irish and African-American identity.
Though precise figures are difficult to establish, it is estimated that up to 38 per cent of African-Americans have Irish ancestry.
IRELAND has been successful in its bid to take a seat at the United Nations Security Council, the top table of international diplomacy.
A ‘mammoth campaign’ to win the prestigious role culminated this evening with a vote involving more than 190 countries at UN headquarters in New York.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the result sees Ireland once again “taking our place among the nations of the world and sitting at the top table.”
He said he believes the result was a vote for the values Ireland represents on the world stage – multi-lateralism, freedom , human rights and the basic concept that countries of the world should work together to build a more peaceful prosperous and stable world order.”
As a result of the coronavirus crisis social distancing was practiced during the voting process which lasted more than four hours.