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Tánaiste congratulates ICAN at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo

Disarmament, Ireland, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Press Releases, Ireland, Global, 2017


Tánaiste congratulates ICAN at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, TD, warmly congratulated the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize at a Ceremony in Oslo on 10 December. The Prize was received by Hibakusha Ms Setsuko Thurlow and Ms Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director on behalf of ICAN. The Tánaiste said,

“I am delighted to congratulate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for their well-deserved achievement in winning the Nobel Peace Prize. 

“The work of ICAN and other Civil Society organisations was fundamental to achieving a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons earlier this year. The Campaign has worked tirelessly in recent years to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.

It is fitting that, along with ICAN’s Executive Director, Ms Beatrice Fihn, Hibakusha Ms Setsuko Thurlow accepted the award at the Ceremony in Oslo on behalf of ICAN, and on behalf of the victims and survivors of nuclear weapons use and testing.  Ms Thurlow is well remembered by the many Irish people whom she met and inspired during her visit here in 2014 to promote Disarmament Education.

“Ireland is proud to have played a leadership role, together with Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa, in negotiating this ground-breaking Treaty, which represents the successful outcome of the first multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations in over 20 years and now has 56 signatories. Nuclear disarmament has been a priority for Ireland from the outset of our membership of the United Nations and I was pleased to sign the Treaty last September.”


Press Office

11 December 2017


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