Dublin, London, Washington and the Troubles in Northern Ireland 1969-97: how three Governments moved to implement a similar approach

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Dublin, London, Washington and the Troubles in Northern Ireland 1969-97

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Lecture Theatre , John Henry Brookes Building , Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


The Troubles in Northern Ireland resulted in 3,600 fatalities, 50,000 people injured and billions of pounds in damage to property.

Initially the Irish and UK Governments differed in their approach to the conflict but gradually moved to a broadly similar approach.

The US Administration became an increasingly active participant and made a significant contribution to the creation of the peace process which is now in place.

Mr Donlon will speak on how this was implemented and draw on his involvement in some of the major milestones including the 1974 Sunningdale Conference and th negotiation of the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.

About the speaker


Seán Donlon has been a key figure in Irish diplomacy and in particular in the development and implementation of Anglo-Irish and US-Irish policies on Northern Ireland.
He served as Irish Ambassador to the US from 1978-81, Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1981-87 an Special Adviser to the Taoiseach, John Bruton from 1994-97.
He was also Chancellor of the University of Limerick from 2002-07 and is currently a resident Director of the London based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.