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Friday 9 December 2016

UN chief Ban Ki-moon hails decision of Irish voters as he receives Peace Award

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United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has said Ireland has sent a message to the world with its overwhelming support for gay marriage.

Mr Ban was yesterday honoured with the Tipperary International Peace Award and took the opportunity to recognise Ireland's momentous vote to give equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.

"This is a truly historic moment," he said.

"The result sends an important message to the world - all people are entitled to enjoy their human rights no matter who they are or whom they love."

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The secretary-general also paid tribute to Ireland's peacekeeping role with the UN at the event in the Ballykisteen Hotel and golf resort.

"I pay my deepest respect to the 90 Irish people who have given the ultimate price for the peace and stability and well-being of many other people," said Mr Ban.

He also met children's champion Adi Roche, who outlined the difficulties being experienced by an Irish-funded "flying doctors" mission in eastern Ukraine.

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