The Ancient Order of Hibernians wishes to congratulate the Republic of Ireland on its election to the UN Security Council. In a letter to Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, AOH National President James McKay writes:
As Ireland’s exiled children in America, we take special pride in being able to congratulate the Republic of Ireland in securing a position on the UN Security Council.
For a nation that has yet to achieve its 100th birthday, for Ireland to now join the Security Council for the fourth time is truly an extraordinary accomplishment. It is a fitting recognition to the sacrifice of Ireland’s young men and women who have served as peacekeepers in some of the world’s most troubled areas. It is a testament to the energy and drive of the Irish people.
As noted by former Ireland Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, “Ireland has never invaded any other land, never sought to enslave or occupy.” Ireland brings a unique perspective to the critical deliberations of the Security Council that is sorely needed in a troubled world seeking lasting peace
In this year 2020, we mark the sad 175th anniversary of the nadir of Irish history, the start of the Great Hunger, a time when Ireland was degraded and abandoned; a time when she lost a quarter of her population to starvation and immigration. For Ireland in this commemorative year to take a place of leadership amongst the nations of the world is as appropriate as it is remarkable.
Ireland has justified the confidence of Parnell when he stated, “we have never attempted to fix the ‘ne plus ultra’ to the progress of Ireland’s nationhood, and we never shall.”
May God continue to bless Ireland as she confidently strives forward, reaching new heights.