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The United Nations Security Council: Ireland has commenced a two-year term on the 15-member council

Ireland joined the United Nations 65 years ago this month. As of last Friday, the country commenced its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. A term on the 15-member council is prestigious as it is the world’s most important body for multilateral crisis management.

So what can a small country like Ireland bring to the UN’s highest body? In its election campaign, Ireland pitched itself as a peace builder with ...