Northern Ireland

1960s Northern Ireland civil rights activist dies

One of the founders of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, Professor Kevin Boyle, has died.

Professor Boyle, who was from Newry, died on 25 December 2010.

He lectured at Queen's University Belfast where he was involved in the People's Democracy group and the Civil Rights Association in the 1960s.

He later advised Mary Robinson when she was UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The president of the Irish Labour Party, Michael D Higgins, paid tribute to Professor Boyle.

"Kevin Boyle was a champion of civil and human rights for more than 40 years," he said.

He was one of the inspirational figures behind the original civil rights movement which sought progress and democratic reform in Northern Ireland through peaceful means."