The band is covering the cost of the Ambassadors to attend their Madison Square Garden gig

Every Ambassador to the United Nations is expected to attend a U2 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The band will cover the cost of the UN Ambassadors to attend the gig as part of Ireland's efforts to secure one of the rotating positions at the United Nations Security Council.

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste are due to arrive in New York later ahead of the Irish bid.

Norway and Canada are also vying with Ireland for the position.

Each of the three countries will be trying to convince other UN member states to vote for them.

There are two rotating positions available so one country is guaranteed to miss out.

The vote will take place in June 2020.

The Taoiseach will be accompanied by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney in New York later.

They will officially launch the campaign with Mary Robinson, Bono and Minister Paul Kehoe tomorrow evening.

Ireland has been elected on three previous occasions, most recently for the 2001-2002 term.