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The Flags Protest and its Aftermath: Crisis Looming or Crisis Resolved?
Special IBIS Lecture by Dr James Wilson

Tuesday, 14th April
Theatre R, Newman Building
3:00pm - 5:00pm

James Wilson
Born and raised in a Protestant working class community in North Antrim, James Wilson served in the Ulster Defence Regiment but had no real sense of politicisation until the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985.  Whilst involved in Derry to Maryfield protest march, he encountered/befriended many of the prominent and emerging loyalist leadership.  In 1993 he accepted an invitation to Dublin by Senator John Robb and was present at a Bachelors Walk pub when the late David Irvine met Chris Hudson.   In the 1990s he worked with Glen Barr to help animate Protestant communities, this led to an contact with the Apprentice Boys of Derry, and in 1998, James facilitated their accommodation with the Bogside Residents.  From 1998 until 2006 James served as Northern Field Consultant for the Limerick based Irish Peace Institute whilst pursuing a career in corporate counsel in London.  He found time to complete a PhD from Queens Belfast, and in recent years has worked in an informal liaison with fellow consultant Will Glendinning  to address a range of post conflict issues, the most recent being a case study of the impact of 2012/13 Loyalist Flags Protest in a small South Derry town.   

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