Former Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom Daithi O’Ceallaigh will present a lecture entitled, “From the Belfast Bunker: Behind the Scenes in the Peace Process,” on Friday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2014-15 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.
Daithi O’Ceallaigh’s distinguished diplomatic career spans more than 35 years. Having graduated from University College Dublin, he and his wife Antoinette spent three years as volunteer teachers in Zambia before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1973. He went on to assume posts in Moscow, London, Belfast, New York, Finland and Estonia before serving as Ambassador to London for six years from 2001. He was subsequently appointed Ambassador to the UN, World Trade Organization, and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
O’Ceallaigh retired from the Foreign Service in 2009. He was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Press Council of Ireland for a three-year term in 2010 and was reconfirmed for a second term in 2013. He is currently Director General (part-time) of the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.
Drawing upon his extensive career in diplomacy, O’Ceallaigh will discuss the complex negotiations that lay behind the Irish peace process, a process in which he played an active role. Mr O’Ceallaigh will discuss the often invisible role played by civil servants in securing a civil society.