Dr. Martin Mansergh, who was intimately involved as special adviser to successive Irish governments working out of the ‘peace process’ in Northern Ireland will speak in Fethard on Friday, November 21, in the Convent Community Hall at 8pm.
The peace process in Northern Ireland has very real repercussions and echoes for the whole of Ireland and across the full spectrum of our lives from politics and economics to culture and sport.
Dr Mansergh is one of the Government’s eleven person ‘Advisory Group on The Decade of Centenaries’, which is chaired by Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of The National University of Ireland. Many of the topics that were core to the recent Peace Process have their origins in the happenings of a hundred years ago and are still central to the governmental impasse that is tormenting the Stormont administration at this very minute.
Dr. Mansergh’s talk is definitely very opportune at this time and both his informed reflections on the past and his perspectives on the future are of more than just general interest. They are of very real importance, as the ‘peace process’ on the island of Ireland still has decades still left to run before the issues involved can be regarded purely as ‘history’.
His talk, entitled ‘The Peace Process –The Long Term Perspective’, is being hosted by Fethard Historical Society in the Convent Community Hall at 8pm on Friday, November 21. Admission, Members €3, Non-Members €5 and refreshments will be served. For those wishing to join the Society membership can be paid on the night: Individual €7, Family €10, Students and Unwaged €5. All are very welcome to this important event.