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Visiting Speaker Bernadette Devlin McAliskey

Williams, Leslie
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From excerpt: "Don't call the five weeks of peace initiated by the IRA in Northern Ireland a cease-fire," said human rights leader Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. "It is simply a unilateral ending to the war. The opposition is still firing," she said in a talk on October 6, 1994 at the Rotunda. "I would like to see the position of the Irish Republican Army reciprocated," she said. "I am not optimistic, but realistic about the latest developments in Northern Ireland [?] because I challenge the question of leadership. It is an exclusively male approach to society, which was part of the problem in the first place," McAliskey said. "The current process is not the way to peace, because the absence of war is not the same thing as peace," she said. McAliskey's willingness to put her life on the line in a hunger strike protest on behalf of Irish political prisoners won her a worldwide audience in 1979. In 1980, she and her husband were seriously wounded in an assassination attempt at their home by a Protestant paramilitary squad.
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