He attended secondary school at the Salesian College,Ballinakill.
As head of the United Nations" 10,000 employee operation there, he became a sought-after commentator by the media and an information source for foreign governments during Israel"s 2008-2009 offensive in Gaza. In 1983, he joined the Irish Army, where he rose to the rank of captain. Along the way he earned a Bachelor in political science and a degree in law from the National University of Ireland, Galway and subsequently qualified as a barrister.
In 1994 Ging was seconded by the Irish government to work with the Irish aid agency GOAL to oversee relief efforts in the wake of the Rwandan Genocide, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
According to colleagues who worked with him at the time, he took on difficult jobs like arranging the mass burial of 40,000 refugees who died when cholera swept through their camp. Following that he had a brief stint as head of the United Nations" mission in Kosovo.
Ging voluntarily resigned his commission in 2002 and, following his departure from Kosovo, he took up his position as Ging has overseen the agency"s roughly $450 million budget in Gaza since February 1, 2006, responsible for development programs as well as for providing basic needs to 1.1 million refugees. In 2007, he survived an assassination attempt by unidentified gunmen.
He gained international prominence during the 2008-2009 Israeli offensive in Gaza as he warned of a humanitarian "catastrophe unfolding" as a consequence of the fighting and criticized Israel for firing upon United Nations compounds and other buildings he described as non-military.
On January 9, 2009 Ging suspended United Nations aid work in Gaza after a United Nations aid convoy and a number of United Nations buildings were hit by Israeli fire, saying he"d "lost confidence" that aid work could continue safely. Ging ordered United Nations aid work to resume in Gaza after a cease-fire was established on January 18, 2009, though there were signs that Ging"s operation could be hampered by intra-Palestinian disputes. Assassination attempts and death threats
Ging has survived two assassination attempts.
On March 16, 2007, a "masked gunman fired at least 14 bullets at Ging"s armoured car as it travelled through Gaza".
Sources in UNWRA, reported that Ging"s armoured vehicle was attacked by three gunmen. According to that source 11 bullets pierced the armored vehicle although Ging was not hurt.
According to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency spokeswoman Gina Benevento the attack was a kidnapping attempt. Benevento said that the gunmen used a car to block Ging"s convoy and attempted to force him out of his armored vehicle.
"When it became clear that the vehicle doors were locked, they opened fire directly on the car, resulting in 11 bullet holes in the vehicle"s side."
In the summer of 2007 a second attempt was made on Ging"s life.
The attack left one Palestinian dead and 7 wounded. In 2010 "there was an attack on a site where the The United Nations Relief and Works Agency was hosting summer games for children from Gaza. Three bullets and a note were left behind as a warning for Mr.
Ging left Gaza in early 2011 for a new post in United Nations headquarters. He is presently Director of the Operational Division at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New New York