A little bit about me,
I am a retired college lecturer in Derry in my 75th year.
I have lived in Derry since 1972 and over the years have been involved in a number of peace and justice campaigns. These include the Bloody Sunday Initiative, later known as the Pat Finucane Centre. I was the inaugural chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust which subsequently went onto establish the Museum of Free Derry and the “Derry Model” series.
During the 1990s there was a series of crises in Ireland around the issue of contentious parades by the Loyal Orders such as the Orange Order and Apprentice Boys Association. I was involved in establishing the Bogside Residents’ Group in Derry and acted as Secretary of that group until I resigned in 2010 following my appointment to the Parades Commission. I left the commission in 2013.
For many years I was a delegate from my local college union branch (NATFHE then, UCU now) to the Derry Trades Union Council. I served on the Executive for many years holding the various posts of Treasurer, Vice Chair and finally Chair.
I am a contributor to Peace News magazine and write reasonably regularly about the North of Ireland.