Irish senator discusses the road to peace in Northern Ireland

Martin Mansergh was a key advisor during Ireland peace process | April 20, 2006

Martin Mansergh, a member of Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas—the parliament of the Republic of Ireland—spoke at the University on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room.

Mansergh, a key advisor during the Ireland peace process, is speaking on the topic of “The Achievements and Problems on the Road to Peace in Northern Ireland.”

Mansergh abandoned a promising career in the civil service to work for Charles Haughey and Fianna Fáil (The Republican Party and largest political party in Ireland); first in the Ministry of the Taoiseach and later as one of his speechwriters when Fianna Fáil was in and out of government in the 1980s.

While closest on a personal level with Haughey, Mansergh has served every succeeding Fianna Fáil leader. He became a close advisor to Albert Reynolds as his government pushed for the first IRA cease-fire in 1994. By the mid 1990s, Mansergh had become the most prominent advisor regarding Northern Ireland to Bertie Ahern and was instrumental in assisting the Irish government successfully negotiating the Good Friday Accords. Since Good Friday 1998, Mansergh has been at the center of the Irish government’s efforts to continue the peace process.

This event was sponsored by the department of political science and sociology, international affairs program, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue; peace studies program, ethics, religion, and society program, and the philosophy, politics and the public program.