Haass to receive Tipperary peace award
Diplomat commended even though talks on contentious Northern Ireland issues stalled
Dr Richard Haass is to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award for 2013 for playing a “very prominent and significant role in assisting the peace process in Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.
A US diplomat who attempted to mediate between Northern Irish political groups on contentious issues such as parades, flags and the past is to be honoured for his efforts.
The Tipperary Peace Convention said that, even though the parties did not reach an agreement, the blueprint left by Dr Haass for addressing the issues in future represented considerable progress.
“The months of difficult and inclusive commitment to the process engaged in by Dr Haass and his team is to be greatly commended and it is clear that the high level of agreement achieved in the process can be built upon and his draft agreement could yet form the basis for a deal,” the convention said.
The Tipperary Peace Award was founded in 1984. It was set up to recognise people who promote the ideals of peace and peaceful co-operation in Ireland and across the world.
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to go to school without fear in a part of the country where the Taliban had once imposed strict Sharia law, won the 2012 award.
The award will be presented to Dr Haass later this year in Tipperary.