Fergal Mythen didn’t rise to one of Ireland’s most significant diplomatic postings without an impressive diplomatic career behind him.

Irish Stew's latest global Irish conversation goes behind the scenes of the globe’s most significant international organization, the United Nations, courtesy of Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN, Fergal Mythen.

Fergal discusses growing up in an Ireland on the cusp of change, what the opening of free second-level education meant to him, the lessons he learned at the embassy in Rome about looking after people in real need, the challenges of the peripatetic diplomatic life, and his takeaways from six months representing Ireland on the UN Security Council. 

Fergal has worked on Irish-Canadian, Irish-Latin American, Irish-Caribbean, and Irish-British Affairs, including Brexit. He was on the European Community monitoring mission to the former Yugoslavia and joined the representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels.

He has a clear-eyed view of the UN, saying, “It's imperfect, but it can try its best to prevent hell on earth.”

So far, he's enjoying New York’s vitality and its surprisingly warm welcome, getting to know the Irish-American community, and weekends spent getting his children out to play Gaelic sports.

Speaking of sport, his “Seamus Plug” is a call to action to ensure a pathway for young girls and women to stay actively involved in sports and to raise awareness of the UN’s sustainable development goals.

The conversation opened with a quote from John F. Kennedy which the Ambassador feels is spot on: “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”

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