The Good Friday Agreement fifteen years on

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Mary McAleese

Plateau or Platform for Consolidating Peace in the European Union?
MacCormick European Lecture 2013

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The MacCormick European Lecture is named in honour of the late Professor Sir Neil MacCormick FBA FRSE. This year’s lecture was delivered by Mary McAleese, who was Ireland’s second female President and the world’s first woman to succeed another as President. She was also Ireland’s first President from Northern Ireland.

The career of Mary McAleese has taken her from Belfast’s sectarian “ghettos” to the President’s office in Dublin, and wherever she has lived and worked, her hope has always been to build bridges between the divided communities of Ireland. During her informal lecture, she tells the “inside story” of the Good Friday Agreement, the Queen’s historic visit to Ireland in 2011 and talked about her own career and hopes for the future.


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