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9 December 2008

Newman House, Dublin

Participants in the Witness Seminar - December 2008

Participants in the Witness Seminar - December 2008

IBIS held a 'Witness Seminar' at Newman House, Dublin on 9th December, 2008. This was the fourth such seminar organised as part of a research project entitled 'Breaking the patterns of conflict: The Irish state, the British dimension and the Northern Ireland conflict.'

Participants in the Witness Seminar were: Professor Sean Farren, SDLP politician, negotiator in the 1997-8 multi-party talks, former Minister for Finance and Personnel and former Minister for Higher and Further Education in the Northern Ireland Executive; Mr Wally Kirwan, former Irish civil servant who served as the Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of the Taoiseach, responsible for the Northern Ireland Division; Mr Colm Larkin, an official of the European Commision from 1974-2004 and a special adviser to Seamus Mallon in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) from 1998 to 2001. He was appointed to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in 2007; Mr Hugh Logue, special adviser to the OFMDFM from 1998 to 2002. He is a former official of the European Commission and a leading figure in the SDLP; Mr Tony McCusker, a former civil servant and adviser to Secretary of State Mo Mowlam and to David Trimble and Seamus Mallon in the OFMDFM. He is currently chairman of the Community Relations Council and the Community Foundation; Mr Tim O'Connor who worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1979 and has a long involvement in Northern Ireland affairs. He was Joint Secretary of the North/South Ministerial Council from 1999-2005 and is currently Secretary-General to the President.

Funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the 'Breaking the Patterns' project builds on the John Whyte Archive, which is an archive of qualitative interviews conducted about the Belfast Agreement of 1998. For further details on the project, click here.