Alan McBride discussed his role in the "Troubles" and the uneasy peace that has settled over Northern Ireland. McBride talked about his own journey through the "Troubles," the optimism that followed the signing of the Good Friday accords and the frustratingly slow progress since then. In this process, dealing with the past and building a shared future have been central parts of his work. McBride also talked about a proposed Bill of Rights, which remains unfinished business. This was part of the Duke International Relations Association's Spring Speaker Series.
On the evening of February 25, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., McBride also gave a talk, "Northern Ireland, An Uneasy Peace" at the FHI Garage. For more information: http://www.fhi.duke.edu/events/alan-mcbride-“northern-ireland-uneasy-peace”. Co-sponsored by the DHRC@FHI, DukeEngage and the BorderWork(s) Humanities Lab.
McBride is Centre Co-ordinator at the WAVE Trauma Centre in Belfast, (a cross community victims/survivors organization). In addition to this, he also sits on the Board of Healing Through Remembering and is chair of the HTR initiative on developing a Living Memorial Museum to the ‘Troubles’. He has served as a Commissioner with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since September 2011 and has a special interest on issues relating with transitional justice. Alan has become an advocate for peace since losing his wife and father-in-law in a bomb that occurred in Belfast during the early nineties.