Mary Lou McDonald expresses sympathies follow the passing of Kofi Annan
Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has expressed her sympathies following the death this morning of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Ms McDonald said;
“Mr Annan was a skilled and dedicated international diplomat. He always did his very best through some extremely difficult periods in World affairs including the ongoing challenge of climate change.
“He became the first black African to lead the United Nations and he later won the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts.
“Mr Annan was an important figure in the history of the United Nations as he pushed for reform and he worked so that more powerful nations would accept responsibility for their actions and the common challenges facing humanity.
“Mr Annan was a self described eternal optimist and a genuine believer in the potential of the international community to rise above our differences. He will be sadly missed.
“On behalf of Sinn Féin, I want to express my sincere condolences to Mr Annan’s wife Nane, his three children and to his extended family and friends.”