Conference marks twentieth anniversary of Good Friday Agreement
On 23 March, 2018, the PSAI Specialist Group on Peace and Conflict supported a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Entitled ‘Building Peace in Northern Ireland: Reflections on Reconciliation Twenty Years after the Agreement’, the one-day event was held in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.
Instead of political or academic perspectives, the conference focussed on civil society. Speakers were invited from a wide range of organisations to give a snapshot of grassroots peacebuilding in all its diversity – they included Jacqueline Irwin (Community Relations Council), Kate Turner (Healing Through Remembering), Alan McBride(WAVE Trauma Centre), Thomas Turley and Alan Waite (R CITY youth project, Ardoyne), Dr. Cathy Bollaert (Youthlink), Linda Ervine (Turas Irish language project, East Belfast Mission), Brian McAvoy (GAA), Dr. Seán Farren (Social Democratic and Labour Party/Ulster University), and Fionnuala Callanan (Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund).
The conference was organised by the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, with support from the Political Studies Association of Ireland and Trinity’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Events Fund.