A short list of nominees for the 2015 Tipperary International Peace Award has been announced by the Tipperary Peace Convention.
The award recipient will be announced in the coming days and will be presented with the International Peace Award in Tipperary on a date to be confirmed in 2016.
The shortlist announced includes the outgoing Northern Ireland First Minister, and former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Peter Robinson. Mr. Robinson has been involved in Northern Irish politics for over 40 years, being a founding member of the DUP, and was the Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from 2008 to 2015.
Also on the shortlist is former President of Israel Shimon Peres. Peres was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. He served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. Mary Robinson also makes the shortlist. Mrs. Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also on the shortlist. Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000, she is the first woman to hold either office.
Joining others on the shortlist is American politician John Kerry. Kerry is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State.
Humanitarian, entrepreneur and adventurer Chris Catrambone and his wife Regina, are the final names on the shortlist. Inspired by 2013’s migrant tragedy in Lampedusa, Chris and his wife founded the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). MOAS uses its 40-metre drone-equipped ship Phoenix and is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue assistance to people who find themselves in distress on high sea or trapped on unsafe vessels.