United Nation’s chief Ban Ki-moon in Laois

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD welcomes UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Mrs Ban Soon-taek to the Heritage Hotel, Killenard.
The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to Laois yesterday, Sunday May 24, during his official visit to Ireland.

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to Laois yesterday, Sunday May 24, during his official visit to Ireland.

He and his wife were welcomed to the Heritage Hotel, Killenard by Local TD and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, and by the owner Robert Wright.

Mr Ban mingled with staff and learned of Laois’ history, before taking an hour long walk through the grounds and golf course with his wife Ban Soon-taek.

Yesterday he gave a keynote lecture at Dublin Castle, hosted by Minister Flanagan.

“I am delighted that the UN Secretary-General is joining us to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN,” said Minister Flanagan.

A programme of events is planned for the year, highlighting Ireland’s contribution to the UN over the 60 years, in diplomacy, development, humanitarian action and peacekeeping.”