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The honour of public service
Rosemary D. O’Neill

/10/2013 15:25 34 Rosemary D. O’Neill of choice in resolving the Troubles. On a trip to Northern Ireland in the early 1980s, Tip clearly saw the extent of unemployment in Northern Ireland. One of the Speaker’s last acts before his retirement was to provide for US government participation in the International Fund for Ireland, through which thousands of jobs were created. ‘The loyal opposition’ The nadir of his speakership came during the first year of the Reagan administration. The defection to Reagan of Southern Democrats enabled the Republicans to spend massive amounts

in Peacemaking in the twenty-first century
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Mary McAleese

somehow, somewhere along the way, the peacemakers reached critical mass. People began to look more analytically at their own stories and listen more thoughtfully to the story of the other. They started to look for points of connection with the other rather than points of conflict. Cross-community initiatives, cross-border initiatives, helped by the International Fund for Ireland and European funds, opened people from opposing communities up to each other in ways that had not happened previously. Many key groups in civic society gave great example as they explored ways

in Peacemaking in the twenty-first century
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A force for peace in the world
Bertie Ahern

significant benefit. Some €1 billion has been committed through these programmes. In addition, the EU has committed over €200 million to the International Fund for Ireland which, as a result of the contributions received from its international donors, has done extraordinary work in promoting economic development and reconciliation. We hope when the PEACE II programme ends later this year that it can be followed by a further programme. We will be working closely with the British to try to assure this. The work is not yet finished. But the EU has shown that it is not only

in Peacemaking in the twenty-first century