Ireland has won a three-year term on the governing body of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva – a first in the State’s 84-year membership of the organisation.
The ILO is the only tripartite UN agency bringing together governments, employers and workers in 187 member states across the globe.
It sets labour standards, develops policies, and promotes decent work for all.
Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, said: "This is an important opportunity for Ireland.
“The election as a full member of the governing body of the ILO for the first time shows the high esteem in which Ireland is held internationally.
“The strong relationship we have with our social partners will be fundamental to our ability to play an active role on the governing body, during what will be an ambitious period in the ILO as it approaches its centenary year of 2019.
“The ability to influence and lead in this forum will ensure that Ireland continues to play a prominent role internationally in the important arena of labour law,” the minister concluded.