Conference – Paving The Path to Peace: Civil Society and the Northern Ireland Peace Process

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A conference organised by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs will explore the path to peace in civil society and the Northern Ireland peace process.

Location: MAC (Theatre Upstairs) Belfast, 10 Exchange Street

Date: Wednesday 26th April 2023

Event Agenda

09.15: Tea and Coffee


  1. 09.45 – 11.10: ‘Will I Be Heard?’ Trauma, Healing, Stories’ - Alan McBride (WAVE Trauma Centre), Damian Gorman (playwright), Prof. Marrianne Elliott (Emeritus Professor, University of Liverpool) Chair: Prof. Tony Gallagher (Queen’s University Belfast)
  2. 11.20 – 13.00: ‘Social Movements and Pressure for Change’ - Avila Kilmurray (Social Change Initiative), Bronagh Hinds (Senior Associate DemocraShe), Jackie Redpath (Greater Shankill Partnership), Tom Gillen (former Deputy Assistant General Irish Congress of Trade Unions)

Chair: Alyson Kilpatrick (Chief Commissioner Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission)

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

  1. 14.00 – 15.30: ‘Working In Communities’ - Eileen Weir (Shankill Women’s Centre), Father Martin Magill (St. John’s Parish), Jim McCusker (former NIPSA General Secretary) Chair: Diane Greer (community facilitator)
  2. 15.40 – 17.15 - ‘Reconciliation: Navigating the Path to Peace’ - Pat Hynes (Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation), Dr Emily Stanton (Corrymeela Community and independent researcher), Rev. Lesley Carroll (Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland), Mary Montague (Mediators Beyond Borders)

Chair: William Crawley (BBC)

Organisers: Dr Connal Parr, with assistance from Dr Stephen Hopkins

Supported by the Irish government’s Reconciliation Fund

This conference is dedicated to the memory of May Blood (1938–2022)


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No registration required. Free to attend.