Panel Friday May 24th - Full Programme
Married to Frances and has three daughters one son.
Elected to City Council in Londonderry 1981 until he stepped down in March 2011. During this time he served as the DUP Group Leader on the Council.
Elected to the 1982 Assembly representing Co Londonderry, and the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue in 1996. He has been the Security spokesman for the DUP since 1994.
Gregory was elected as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 representing the East Londonderry constituency and has been re-elected on every occasion since. He served as the Minister for Regional Development from July 2000 until September 2001. He also served as the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure from June 2008 until June 2009.
Has written a number of booklets on the question of discrimination against the Protestant community in Northern Ireland; “Discrimination – The Truth”, - 1987 “Discrimination Where Now” – 1993, “Ulster’s Verdict on the Joint Declaration” – 1994, as well as “Working toward 2000” – 1998.
Gregory also represents the Party on the Social Development Committee, Assembly and Executive Review Committee as well as the All Party Group on Disability.
Gregory was elected as the Member of Parliament for East Londonderry in 2001 and re-elected in 2005 and 2010.
Is the DUP Spokesperson on International Development, Culture, Media and Sport.
Alan McBride is the Centre Co-ordinator of the WAVE Trauma Centre in Belfast and has been a tireless worker for peace, his wife Sharon was among nine people killed by the IRA in the Shankill bomb atrocity in 1993. In 1999 he achieved a Degree in Community Youth Work at the University of Ulster with first class honours and in 2006 an Mphil in Reconciliation Studies through the Irish School of Ecumenics (Belfast), Trinity College Dublin
Alan’s work with WAVE includes the day to day management of the centre, but beyond this he also facilitates groups, edits the organisational magazine, and collates stories from members for inclusion in a number of publications. Alan also sits on the board of Healing Through Remembering (HTR), a group set up to find ways of allowing Northern Ireland to address its troubled past – he has primary responsibility for the HTR subgroup on a ‘Living Memorial Museum’.
In addition to this in 2011 he was appointed one of seven part-time commissioners with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissions. He is currently the lead Commissioner concerning transitional justice.
Baroness Nuala O’Loan DBE is a member of the House of Lords. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. She is Chairman of the Governing Authority of NUI Maynooth. She is working with the International Contact Group Basque on the peace process in Spain. She is a member of an Independent Commission monitoring PSNI investigation of Loyalist Paramilitaries, She was the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, responsible for investigating the police. She is a qualified Solicitor and and held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the University of Ulster. She was Ireland's Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy to Timor Leste, and for UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security. She has served on a number of public bodies over some twenty years in areas as diverse as the European Union, Helath, Transport, Policing, Human Rights and Energy.
She has produced more than 100 articles and other publications on law, policing, faith and other issues. In the course of her work she has spoken widely at conferences, and acted in an advisory capacity to government agencies responsible for policing and police accountability, in countries such as India, Brazil, Indonesia South Africa, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Finland, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Romania, The Republic of Ireland, Portugal and throughout the United Kingdom. She has received honorary degrees of LL.D from the University of Ulster, the University of Ireland Maynooth and the Higher Education and Technical Awards Council, Ireland, and Queen's University Belfast. She was awarded. a People of the Year Award in 2009.
She is the wife of Declan O'Loan MLA and they have 5 sons, two of whom were born in Kenya during the time they lived there.
Eamonn McCann is a Derry-based writer and socialist activist. Involved in the early civil rights movement, he has since stood unsuccessfully in a number of elections and maintains a political profile in radical union and community campaigns. He writes columns in the Derry Journal, Belfast Telegraph and Hot Press. He lives in the Bogside with his partner Goretti Horgan and their daughter Matty. He is a member of the Socialist Workers’ Party.
Dawn Purvis was a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly from March 2007-May 2011, representing the East Belfast constituency, first as a member of the Progressive Unionist Party and subsequently as an independent. Born in Belfast, Dawn joined the PUP in 1994 and first stood for the party in the elections to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996. She held various offices throughout her time with the party including Equality Officer, Party Chair, Talks Coordinator (1996-1998), Assembly Coordinator (1998-2004). Dawn was involved with various rounds of peace process negotiations before, during and after the Good Friday Agreement.
Dawn returned to education and to Queens University Belfast gaining BA First Class Honours in Sociology and Social Policy in 2003. This led to several academic projects including research work with the Universities of Ulster and Huddersfield from 2004-2006. She was selected as an Independent member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board - serving from 2006 until her election in 2007.
After the death of PUP Leader David Ervine in January 2007, Dawn was appointed as his successor, following this, she was elected Party Leader and Assembly Member in her own right. During her time as PUP Party Leader, Dawn continued to increase her reputation as a compassionate politician raising the profile of the PUP and the party’s activism in peace-building. She continued to be involved in conflict transformation work, supporting community relations, integrated education and other peace building initiatives. She commissioned and led a working group to examine the extent of educational disadvantage among working class children and produced ‘A Call to Action’ to tackle the growing problem. During this time loyalist paramilitaries declared an end to their armed activities and decommissioned their weapons.
In May 2010, in the aftermath of the murder of Bobby Moffett, attributable to the UVF, Dawn resigned her position as Party Leader as well as her membership of the PUP. The following year Dawn contested the East Belfast seat as an independent, yet was not returned to the Assembly.
Dawn left politics in 2011 and is now Northern Ireland Programme Director with Marie Stopes International (MSI). She recently opened the first integrated sexual and reproductive healthcare centre in Belfast. The first of its kind on the island of Ireland offering a range of services including advice on contraception, STI & HiV screening and early medical abortion within the law.
Dawn is the current Chair of Healing Through Remembering, an extensive cross-community project made up of a range of individual members holding different political perspectives working on a common goal of how to deal with the legacy of the past as it relates to the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. As a member of the Truth Recovery and Acknowledgement sub-group Dawn has contributed to the many publications including “Making Peace with the Past: Options for Truth Recovery in Northern Ireland”. See www.healingthroughremembering.org
Dawn continues to devote much of her time to community and voluntary initiatives aimed at tackling socio-economic disadvantage and exclusion.
Top Image: Sakuji Tanaka (second from right), 2012-13 president of Rotary International, chatting with Rotary Peace Fellows at the Rotary Peace Center at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Each year ICU accepts up to 10 fellows who pursue a two-year master’s-level degree in peace studies and conflict resolution. At the six Rotary Peace Centers worldwide, fellows study effective methods of dealing with obstacles to peace and international cooperation, such as war, famine, poverty, and disease.
IPTC - Creator:Alyce Henson - IPTC - Credit:© Rotary International
IPTC - Creator:Alyce Henson - IPTC - Credit:© Rotary International