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Stormont Launch

Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland was launched at Parliament Buildings of the Northern Ireland Assembly on March 8, 2012.   I would like to thank  Mr. Sammy Douglas MLA, Professor John Brewer, and Mr. Jonathan Bell MLA from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister for their generous comments. Ms. Paula Bradley MLA and Mr. Mark H. Durkan also co-sponsored the event, which was held in the Member's Dining Room. Oxford University Press also contributed to the success of the event.

You can listen to the audio of the proceedings and an interview with the author, and a selection of pictures are posted below:

Smithey ULCTNI book launch Stormont


Mr. Jonathan Bell MLA, represented the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

Prof. John Brewer of Aberdeen University, the current President of the British Sociological Association, offered comments about the book.  (Prof. Brewer is co-author of another new Oxford University Press book, Religion, Civil Society and Peace in Northern Ireland.)

The author took a couple of minutes at the lectern to say thanks for the support of so many that have made the project possible.

(from left) Sammy Douglas MLA, Lee Smithey, Jonathan Bell MLA, Frankie Gallagher (Charter for Northern Ireland)

(from left) Dr. John Kyle (Belfast Councillor and former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party), Lee Smithey, Mr. Sammy Douglas MLA
(from left) Adree Wallace (Adree Wallace Associates), Lee Smithey, and Dr. Dominic Bryan (Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queens University, Belfast)