Taoiseach calls for seat on UN Security Council

He wants Ireland to play a greater role in International affairs

The Taoiseach is calling for Ireland to be given a seat on the UN security council.

Leo Varadkar made the announcement at a dinner with Prince Albert of Monaco in Wicklow overnight.

He was speaking at an event organised by philanthropic group the Ireland funds, which saw one hundred philanthropists and honoured guests attend from all over the world. 

According to the Irish Independent he told them that he'd like Ireland to play a greater role in international affairs.

Diplomatic footprint 

Mr Varadkar said : "I would like Ireland to secure a seat on the UN Security Council, so that we can play an even greater role in international affairs and to achieving 'a world of laws’.

"In a time of global uncertainty, rising terrorism, and threats to peace, it is right that we expand our diplomatic footprint overseas.

He finished by saying "The best way of responding to uncritical and seductive populist appeals is not to try and match them, or to ignore them, but to inspire people with something more truthful, more realistic, and more noble."

According to their website, the Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world.