Jim Kelly, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has died suddenly.
r Kelly was Ireland’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and previously served as Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada.
Secretary of State Simon Coveney paid tribute to Mr Kelly, who was an “outstanding diplomat and a kind and generous man”.
In a statement released today, Mr Coveney said: “It is with great sadness that I learn of the passing of our Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Jim Kelly.”
Minister Coveney said Ireland had lost a “great official” and the country would not have achieved so much in the Security Council without Mr Kelly’s “wise advice, extensive network and encyclopedic knowledge of the United Nations”.
“Whether he’s maintaining open humanitarian border crossings from Turkey to Syria, providing lifesaving assistance to 3 million people, advocating for the role of women in international peace and security, or serving as the Security Council facilitator on the Iran nuclear deal, Jim has been an important leader,” he said.
Mr Coveney said the senior diplomat was “central” to Ireland’s “robust response” at the UN to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Prior to New York, Jim was Ambassador to Canada, where his energy and dedication left an extremely positive legacy. He has also held positions at our Permanent Representation to the EU, at our Embassy in Copenhagen and in various key positions in Dublin,” he said.
“Jim was a hugely popular figure throughout the State Department, a generous and inspirational leader and a mentor to many younger diplomats.”
“Besides being calm and unassuming, he had a great sense of humor and was a man of great kindness and integrity. I know that Ambassador Byrne Nason, our team in New York and his many friends across the Department and across the civil service are deeply shocked by the news.”
Mr. Coveney offered his deepest condolences to Mr. Kelly’s wife Anne, daughters Orla and Ciara and the extended family at this terribly sad time.
https://www.independent.ie/news/a-man-of-great-kindness-and-a-vital-leader-tributes-paid-as-irish-representative-to-un-jim-kelly-dies-suddenly-41463138.html “A man of great kindness and a vital leader” – Tributes to the Sudden Death of Irish Representative to the UN Jim Kelly