New York – As 150 of the 193 UN ambassadors watched, U2 kicked off Irelands bid for a seat on the UN Security Council at New York’s prestigous Madison Square Garden venue last night. Bono praised Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Simón Coveney (both in the audience) for their efforts to preserve the 1998 Good Friday agreement by preventing a hard border on the Island of Ireland. Bono also congratulated in-attendance former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, herself also an alumni of UN leadership as the body’s former commissioner for human rights, for her efforts to implement the Good Friday agreement.
All 193 ambassadors were invited to the show, and the fact that 150 attended surely speaks volumes – recall that these are not mostly from traditional rock fandom hotspots, but from all over Africa, Asia and Latin and Central America as well as Europe and North America.
Ireland faces competition from Canada and Norway for the two year spot on the security council, a position Ireland has held twice before.