Talking Peace: a witness seminar at the National University of Ireland Galway

Talking Peace: a witness seminar on communication, contact and dialogue aimed at reducing or ending violence in Northern Ireland.

Wedns 16 May 2012, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland Galway

Participants include:
Sir Kenneth Bloomfield: former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service; member of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains and Northern Ireland Victims Commissioner, 1997-98.

Larry and Shauna Duddy: Son and daughter of Brendan Duddy, intermediary between the British government and the Provisional Republican leadership from the early 1970s onwards.

Dr. Maurice Hayes: Former Northern Ireland ombudsman, member of the policing reform commission and long-time senior civil servant. Former chairman of the
Community Relations Council (NI) and The Ireland Funds in Ireland. Author and member of the 21st and 22nd Seanads.

Jim Gibney: Executive member of Sinn Fein and a key figure in the development of Sinn Féin policy during the peace process.

Rev Dr. Harold Good: former President of the Methodist Church of Ireland.One-time Director of the Corrymeela Centre, Chair of NIACRO (Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) and member of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission . One of the two independent witnesses to IRA decommissioning of weapons. Joint recipient of the Gandhi Foundation Peace Award with Fr. Alec Reid.

Rev. Chris Hudson, Minister in the non- subscribing Presbyterian Church in South Belfast. Acted as the key intermediary in the 1990s between the Irish
Government and the UVF.

Dr. Martin Mansergh: Pivotal figure in the development of Irish government policy on Northern Ireland. Centrally involved in communication with the Provisional Republican leadership during the peace process. Former First Secretary in the Dept. of Foreign Affairs. Former Fianna Fáil Director of
Research, Policy and Special Advisor on Northern Ireland. Former Oireachtas member 2002 – 11 and minister of state.

This Conference is supported by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Moore Institute and the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway.
Organised by: Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway), Prof. Ian McBride (King’s College London) and Prof. Sean Ryder (NUI Galway).

To register and get further details contact stacey.scriver@nuigalway.ie. Registration is free but we only have a few spaces left.

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Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway
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