Director Andy Pollak and Deputy Director Ruth Taillon have joined eight other people prominent in peacebuilding, peace research, cross-border and cross-community organisations to launch a new blog page – www.15yearson.com – to encourage a year-long, largely online conversation on the successes and failures of the 15 year period since the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, and how we might learn from those experiences to do better in the future. Everybody is welcome to contribute blogs and comments to this site.
The other people involved in the 15 Years On group are Peter Sheridan (Cooperation Ireland), Avila Kilmurray (Community Foundation for Northern Ireland), Brandon Hamber (INCORE, University of Ulster), Susan McEwen (Corrymeela Community), Colin Murphy (Glencree Community), Neil Jarman (Institute for Conflict Research), John Driscoll (ICLRD) and Jennifer Todd (Institute for British-Irish Studies, UCD).
This online discussion will feed into a session on the past and future of the Northern Ireland peace process at the Rotary/University of Ulster (INCORE) Global Peace Forum in Derry on Sunday 26 May. It will continue into the summer and shape a culminating event that the group is planning to hold in the autumn