This August marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Peace People in Northern Ireland. The organisation was born out of the wave of grief and anger which followed the tragic deaths of three children.
In the months that followed, thousands of Catholics and Protestants took to the streets in huge rallies and later, founders Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
But to what extent did the Peace People’s campaign lead to a fall in violence? How effective was the organisation in bringing about an end to large-scale paramilitary activity in the province? Does the Good Friday Agreement owe anything to the Peace People? And what is the legacy of the women’s peace movement for Northern Ireland today?
Martha Kearney talks to Mairead Corrigan Maguire, honorary life president of Peace People, Lindy McDowell, a columnist for the Belfast Telegraph and Ruth Dudley Edwards, author and Northern Ireland commentator.
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