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Colleges Host Discussion on the Northern Ireland

U.S. Congressman James Walsh (R-NY) visits HWS

February 17, 2000 Geneva, NY – The topic will be the Amersican role in the Northern Ireland Peace process when Congressman James Walsh (R-NY) visits Hobart and William Smith Colleges as the next speaker in the Colleges' President's Forum Series, sponsored by HWS President Mark Gearan. Congressman Walsh will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 28, in Albright Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

In addition to his other duties, Walsh is Chairman of the Friends of Ireland, a bi-partisan group of Congressional Representatives who closely follow events in Ireland. In that regard, he led a Congressional Delegation in 1995 as they accompanied President Clinton on the first visit by a sitting U.S. President to Northern Ireland. He was also recently named by the Speaker of the House as Chairman of the U.S.-Irish Interparliamentary Group, which communicates with the Republic of Ireland's parliament on issues of mutual concern.

It is in accordance with that interest in and knowledge about Ireland that Walsh visits HWS, and his address will be “The American Role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process.” He notes that the peace process in Ireland needs constant attention by our nation because we have invested in Ireland's future, by way of the International Fund for Ireland and by our lobbying with the British government for peace with justice in Ireland.

Walsh will be joined by Niall O'Dowd, publisher of Irish America magazine. O'Dowd's participation will enhance the conversation about Ireland and the peace process there. O'Dowd will also visit classes and meet with Hobart and William Smith students who have participated in the Colleges' study-abroad programs in Ireland and in Scotland.

The President's Forum series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share ideas with the community and enrich campus life, as well as to share the dynamic nature of this campus with its guests.

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