The Ceann Comhairle and I have recently come to the decision that the UN flag will fly outside Leinster House for the duration of Irelands two year membership on the UN Security Council. Ireland has served as a member of the UN Security Council three times previously in our nations history: 1962, 1981-1982 and 2001-2002.
In an increasingly polarised world the UN represents an opportunity to work with nations around the world and endeavour to bring us closer together. Our themes for the campaign of Partnership, Empathy and Independence represent who we are and what we will aspire to achieve while members of the Security Council. I would like to wish our representative on the Security Council, Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason, and her team the very best of luck in their work.