12/14/2005

Gerry Adams nominated for 2005 Tipperary Peace Prize

I was intrigued to learn that Gerry Adams has made the shortlist for the 2005 Tipperary Peace Prize.
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Other nominations include former British Secretary of State Mo Molam and assassinated Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Inaugurated in 1984, previous recipients of the annual award have included Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton and Bob Geldof.

The Tipperary Peace Convention Committee will announce the winner on New Year’s Day and present the award in April.

Confirming the nominations, Tipperary Peace Committee spokesman Martin Quinn said: "We had a large response from the public. Any public figure who has worked to promote peace, justice or equality during 2005 is eligible for the prize."

I think Gerry would make a worthy winner as his input into the Peace Process has been crucial. His call on Óglaigh Na hÉireann to follow a purely peaceful path is unparalleled in Irish history. The chance to remove the gun from Irish politics would never have come about if it wasn't for people like Gerry Adams.

That said I think I can hear David Vance's screams from here ;)

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