Tipperary peace award for Margaret Hassan


Irish aid worker, Margaret Hassan, has been posthumously awarded the Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2004.

Ms Hassan was abducted in Baghdad on October 19 thlast and is believed to have been killed by her captors a month later.

In a statement, the Tipperary Peace Convention said that in honouring Ms Hassan's life, the award recognises her tireless work for the Iraqi people over 30 years, and her role as country director of CARE International in Iraq.

The award will be presented to her relatives in April.

The Tipperary Peace Convention was founded in 1983 with the aim of promoting peace through music, song, discussion and debate, and through the selecting and rewarding of a person or persons who make a noteworthy contribution to peace related issues and to advancing the cause of peace.

Previous recipients of the award include Mr Nelson Mandela, Mr Mikhail Gorbachev, Mr Bill Clinton Dr Martin Mansergh and Bob Geldof.