Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s time in New York marked by U-turn on UN

When the Department of Foreign Affairs was caught out breaching Covid rules, with staff drinking champagne and celebrating in Iveagh House during lockdown, it blamed “a moment of happiness” for the incident.

hat moment of happiness was due to civil servants – led by secretary general Niall Burgess, now Ireland’s ambassador to France, who took the infamous photo that got the department in trouble – winning a seat on the UN Security Council.

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