Eventually accepting the fact of partition and the futility of warfare,
he was elected to the Dail Eireann (House of Representatives) in 1947
and remained until 1958 as a member of the Clann na Poblachta ("Republican
Party"), which he had founded in 1936. He was minister for external
affairs in 1948-51. In 1950 he was president of the Council of Foreign
Ministers of the Council of Europe, and he was vice president of the
Organisation for European Economic Co-operation in 1948-51. MacBride
was active in a number of international organizations concerned with
human rights, among them the International Prisoners of Conscience Fund
(trustee) and Amnesty International (chairman, 1961-75), and he served
as secretary-general of the International Commission of Jurists. In
1973 he became United Nations assistant secretary-general and commissioner
for South West Africa/Namibia, posts he held until 1977. In 1977 he
was appointed president of the International Commission for the Study
of Communication Problems, set up by UNESCO.
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