Taoiseach Micheál Martin has met with representatives from Irish community groups in New York.

A range of organisations attended the event from sectors including immigration, culture, business, education and the GAA.

During the meeting, Mr Martin praised the groups for their response to the Covid-19 crisis.

In the early stages of the pandemic, the Aisling Irish Community Center, Emerald Isle Immigration Center, New York Irish Center, New York GAA and the United Irish Counties Association of New York partnered to establish the Sláinte 2020 programme to provide financial assistance for Irish citizens in need.

The project was supported by the Irish Government and the main beneficiaries were undocumented Irish people working in the hospitality and construction sectors who were unable to claim state or federal supports.

The Irish community also came together to provide hot meals and personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders, one of the largest such initiatives was the Irish American Meitheal in Support of Healthcare. Addressing the meeting, the Taoiseach said the last 18 months had been challenging.

"I acknowledge the work that Sláinte 2020, and all of you did, to come together and respond to the impact of the pandemic on our community here in New York, which was greatly appreciated," Mr Martin said.

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Earlier, the Taoiseach chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council on the issue of climate and security.

On Friday, he will deliver an address to the United Nations General Assembly.