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Exceptional Portlaoise man to participate in United Nations event aiming to sustain world peace

One Portlaoise man is taking on the highly illustrious role of attending and participating in a United Nations event in New York this November.

Ciarán Finlay is attending the international United Nations Alliance of Civilizations ‘Commit to Dialogue’ event on Monday 19 November and Tuesday 20 November.

Speaking to Ciarán, he explained what he will be partaking in at the event. “I’m participating in a youth event, which is a generous enough term as it’s for the ages of under 35,” laughed Ciarán.

“Over 60 countries are attending and we’re split into groups that look operational strategics to combat and address extremism and causes,” said Ciarán.

Ciarán appears to be just the man for the job and has fulfilled a highly exceptional career to date.

He is currently a Human Rights and Equality Executive Officer at Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission.

Here, his main responsibilities include assisting Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission solicitors with legal casework.

Other huge responsibilities in his role include assessing applications for legal assistance and addressing cases of discriminatory advertising.

The former St Mary’s CBS student also undertakes legal research and policy analysis, including implications of Brexit on Northern Ireland’s equality protections and infrastructure.

This is not the first huge international accolade for Ciarán. Earlier this year he received a fellowship with the same UNAOC agency, where he travelled to Egypt, Morocco and Qatar to foster relations between Western and Muslim societies.

Other roles on his extremely impressive resume include working as a Human Rights Attaché at the Irish Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

Not one to rest on his laurels or do anything by halves, Ciarán is also studying to become a Barrister at King’s Inn.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations ‘Commit to Dialogue’ event Ciarán will be attending will look at partnerships for prevention and sustaining peace.

Participants will look at methods to promote conflict prevention and sustaining peace, as they share expertise and good practices.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was launched in 2005 as the political initiative of the then United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan.

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.