MIC is pleased to cosponsor a presentation by Richard Ryan, Irish ambassador to the United Nations, with the University of St. Thomas and the University Lectures Committee. The event is open to the public and will include a question-and-answer period after the lecture.
Immediately before the lecture the University of St. Thomas will present an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Ambassador Ryan in recognition of his distinguished career in the Irish diplomatic service.
Ambassador Ryan assumed the position of Irish ambassador to the United Nations in 1998. In 2000 he led Ireland's successful campaign for a two-year term on the 15-member U.N. security council, an election in which Ireland unexpectedly defeated Italy and Norway. He previously served as Irish ambassador to Korea (1989-94) and to Spain (1994-98), as well as postings in Tokyo, London and Brussels. In the mid-1980s, he played a key role in negotitating the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985, an essential forerunner to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. During 1970-71, Ambassador Ryan taught and was a visiting poet at the then-college of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He has published two volumes of poetry. In addition to literary honors, Ambassador Ryan has also won European and Asian championships as a rifle marksman and archer.
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