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Statement by Minister Coveney on the passing of former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D. said:

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.

 A central figure of the Clinton Administration, she made an indelible impact while serving as US Ambassador to the United Nations, before becoming the first female Secretary of State in US history.

 We in Ireland recall with particular appreciation her unstinting support for the peace process on this island, during her tenure as US Secretary of State.

 She was a champion of human rights and democracy, which together with her own life experience as a refugee, gave her a unique perspective to make a positive impact on conflicts around the world.

 Her contribution to the establishment of the UN war crimes tribunal has left a lasting legacy.

 I know that she was also a mentor to many and will be remembered as a trailblazer who followed her convictions with courage.

 Her family and loved ones are in my thoughts at this sad time.”


Press Office

23 March 2022

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