Dr. Martin Mansergh
Dr. Martin Mansergh (Fianna Fáil party) was the Irish government’s point person in the negotiation process that led to the formation of the 1998 Belfast, or “Good Friday” Agreement that ended the long war between the Provisional Irish Republican Army and the British government and that brought the Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries in from the cold and into the peace process.
Dr. Mansergh played a critical role in the negotiation process with Bertie Ahearn’s Irish-led government and Tony Blair’s British-led government, Unionist, Nationalist, Loyalist, and Republican political actors, as well as with U.S. Senate Majority leader George Mitchell, who mediated the process. The resulting Agreement led to a devolution of political control to a Northern Irish government, based in Stormont in Belfast, and the creation of a process to build a lasting peace among the people of Northern Ireland.
Dr. Mansergh also served as a member of the drafting committee of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland. He was a co-winner, with Fr. Alec Reid and Rev. Roy Magee, of the 1994 Tipperary Peace Prize. He was Teachta Dála (M.P.) for the Tipperary South constituency in the Republic of Ireland from May 2007–February 2011. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Mansergh served in the Fianna Fáil government as Minister of State at the Department of Finance (including special responsibility for the Office of Public Works) and at the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism (with special responsibility for the Arts). He was a Senator in the 22nd Seanad. He is the author of The Legacy of History for Making Peace in Northern Ireland (2003), and was the subject of a biography, Martin Mansergh (2002), by Kevin Rafter.
- Bio from Sol Kanee Lecture program, October 2012.