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Irish leaders to speak at University today and March 20

(3-17-2000) Boston College's series of talks by key figures in the Northern Ireland peace process continues with appearances today and Monday by, respectively, high-ranking Sinn Fein official Martin Ferris and Nobel Laureate John Hume.

Today, March 17, the Irish Studies Program will host an appearance by Ferris, a Sinn Fein councilor for North Kerry and one of the negotiators for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, at 3 p.m. in Devlin 220. Ferris, who was invited by the Irish Institute to speak in Burns Library yesterday, was a member of the first Sinn Fein delegation in 75 years to meet with a British prime minister.

On Monday, March 20, Hume will offer his perspective on the Northern Ireland situation at 10:30 a.m. in the Burns Library Thompson Room. Hume, a guest professor in Irish Studies, is regarded as one of the architects of the Northern Irish peace process.

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