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Monday 11 December 2017

Dubliner Power takes up top UN role

Samantha Power with Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters/Jason Reed
Samantha Power with Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters/Jason Reed

DUBLINER Samantha Power has been confirmed by the US Senate as ambassador to the United Nations.

Ms Power was President Barack Obama's right-hand woman as a former foreign policy advisor, but now the Senate has voted 87-10 in favour of her new role.

And the journalist, who has a Harvard Law School degree, has a track record as an outspoken human rights activist.

The mum-of-two was Obama's selection for the prestigious position and the US President paid tribute to her record as an activist today.

"As a long-time champion of human rights and dignity, she will be a fierce advocate for universal rights, fundamental freedoms and US national interests," Obama said in a statement.

Ms Power (42) has reported from many of the world's trouble spots and won a Pulitzer Prize for her book A Problem From Hell, a study of US failure to prevent genocide.

Although originally from Castleknock, Samantha was a pupil of Mount Anville school in Goatstown while her mother, Dr Vera Delaney, returned to study medicine in Dublin.

Her father, Jim Power from Athlone, was a dentist and, when her parents separated, her mother went for further study to America, taking Samantha and her five-year-old brother with her.

Local Castleknock councillor David McGuinness said that Samantha was a source of inspiration for Dubliners.

"Irish people are rightly proud of Samantha Power's achievements," he told the Herald. "She has proven that determination and hard work can pay off.

"We hope that through her work she may be able to visit us here in Dublin 15 and address locals detailing her interesting and varied personal experiences."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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