Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts, Niamh Smyth, has praised Irish Artists for their involvement in the successful bid for Ireland to win a seat on the UN Security Council.

Speaking after it was confirmed Ireland has won election to the council for a two-year term, Deputy Smyth said, “This is a tremendous result for the nation as a whole. I want to extend my congratulations to Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nasson, her team, and to all involved in this campaign. In particular, I want to acknowledge the important role Artists played in this bid.

“Ireland’s soft power is often our strongest on the world stage – this is down to Irish artists, musicians and performers who make a name for themselves on the world stage through their talents.

“Cultural events showcasing Irish musicians and performances played an integral role in the campaign over the course of the bid as our government and Diplomats began seeking votes from other nations to secure election to the Security Council.

“We must acknowledge them and ensure their role is remember in this successful campaign,” concluded Deputy Smyth.