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Feb. 1, 2002


Irish Ambassador to Speak on the Irish Peace Process

Sean O’Huiginn, Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, will address the CUA community Feb. 4, at 4:15 p.m., on the second floor of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

His lecture, “The Irish Peace Process, A Personal Perspective,” will delve into the eternal issues of war and peace at the forefront of Americans’ collective mind after Sept. 11.

Few are better equipped to describe the long and difficult gestation of the Irish peace process than O’Huiginn. His distinguished diplomatic career includes appointments as Irish ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Denmark as well as head of the Anglo-Irish Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs. In that position, O’Huiginn was deeply instrumental in fostering the Irish peace process and the all-party negotiations in Northern Ireland that eventually resulted in the triumph of the Good Friday agreement of 1998.

As ambassador to the United States, he continues to be closely involved in the implementation of the agreement, which has succeeded in immeasurably improving relations within Ireland, and between the people of Ireland and Britain.

O’Huiginn (pronounced O-HIG-een) will describe the process he helped bring to fruition: the successful resolution of conflict in real life and the application of that lesson for other troubled parts of the globe.

The ambassador’s address is part of Catholic University’s annual Brendan Brown lecture series. His remarks are expected to last 40 minutes and he will take questions afterward.

For further information contact Tom Haederle at (202) 319-5438 or Chris Harrison at (202) 319-5600.





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