Tuesday 23 October 2018

Bertie joins Wicklow Way walk for peace

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the annual peace walk at Glencree, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O'Neill
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the annual peace walk at Glencree, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O'Neill

Up to 100 hill walkers braved the elements to support peace in what was described as the most sensitive point in British-Irish relations for half a century.

The second annual Glencree Peace Walk saw former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern join the walkers as they tramped 10km along the Wicklow Way to raise almost €15,000 to support the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

With Brexit negotiations in disarray, the CEO of Glencree, Naoimh McNamee, said peace on the island of Ireland must be protected.

"Glencree has been present on the journey to peace in Ireland since 1974 and today, against a backdrop of Brexit, British-Irish relations are at their most sensitive point in 50 years...We are calling on all stakeholders, those in politics, media, education, business and civic society to ensure that...every step is taken to protect and support continued peace...on the islands of Ireland and Great Britain."

Irish Independent

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