New Thinking for
Appendix 1: DD mission statement
The mission statement of Democratic Dialogue is:
The formation of Democratic Dialogue, using the model of a
think tank, coincides with the emergence of a potentially new
social, political, economic and cultural order in Northern Ireland.
Realising the fullest potential of this new era will require a
fully engaged citizenry and an inventive approach by government.
Democratic Dialogue seeks to provide an independent inspiration
for reflective thinking upon the critical issues confronting the
people of Northern Ireland. Adopting an interdisciplinary, intersectoral
approach, it seeks to contribute a distinctive and informed perspective
on contentious issues, generate new ideas and sketch challenging
but achievable scenarios. Its style will be variously catalytic
and inclusive, and proactive and change-setting; its success will
be measured by its ability to make an impact.
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Appendix 2: DD management committee
Geraldine Donaghy-director, Confederation of Community Groups
Employed as director of the Confederation of Community Groups
in Newry, Geraldine Donaghv has wide experience in the community
and voluntary sector and is currently involved in a major project
to develop a centralised multi-purpose resource centre in the
town centre. She has a number of regional commitments, which include
acting as an independent assessor for the Children in Need appeal,
as advisor to the Voluntary Action Studies Unit at the University
of Ulster, and as a non-executive director of the Southern Health
and Social Services Board.
Sammy Douglas-team leader, East Belfast Development Agency
Sammy Douglas has been involved in community and economic development
since the 1970's, beginning in the Sandy Row area of Belfast where
he was born and reared. He worked for the first workers' co-operative
on the Shankill Road. lie was a founding member of East Belfast
Development Agency, of' which he is now team leader, and was deeply
involved in the publication of two major reports, Community
Development in Protestant Areas and Poverty Amongst Plenty.
He is a lifelong Linfield supporter and is married with four
Breidge Gadd-chief probation officer, Probation Board Northern
Breidge Gadd has been chief probation officer for Northern Ireland
since 1986. She joined the probation service in 1969, and has
extensive experience of the criminal justice system in Northern
Ireland and Britain, including working in prisons. She has served
on the board of the European Conference on Probation, and is currently
an expert advisor to a Council of Europe commit. tee looking at
the future role of prison and probation in Europe. She was educated
at Queen University and the University of Ulster at Coleraine.
She has three children, and lives in Belfast.
Ann Hope-Advisory Services Officer, Irish Congress of Trade
A founder member of the first women's centre in Northern Ireland,
Ann Hope is now chair of the Women's Training Group. She has been
employed by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions since March 1992,
as advisory services officer with responsibility for gender equality.
She was previously employed by the Workers' Educational Association
as a tutor/organiser for women's studies and trade union studies.
Since 1993 she has been a commissioner with the Equal Opportunities
Commission, before which she served as a member of the board of
the Health and Safety Agency, as well on the board of governors
of the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education. She
has also been a volunteer with the AIDS Helpline.
Beverley Jones - solicitor
Beverley Jones is partner in the solicitors' practice of Jones
and Cassidy. This Belfast-based law firm specialises in discrimination
law. She was previously chief legal officer of the Equal Opportunities
Commission for Northern Ireland, where she participated in the
formulation of policy and litigation strategies in the area of
sex discrimination. She holds a masters in human rights and discrimination
law from Queen's University. She has acted as chair of DD since
Dr Paula Kilbane-chief executive, Eastern Health and Social
Paula Kilbane qualified in medicine at Queen's University. She
undertook postgraduate training in public health medicine in London,
working there for 10 years in academic and service appointments.
She returned to Northern Ireland in 1986, and worked in the Eastern
Health and Social Services Board as a consultant. She became director
of public health in the Southern Health and Social Services Board
in 1990. She was appointed chief executive in 1993, moving to
the same position in the Eastern Health and Social Services Board
Declan McGonagle-director, Irish Museum of Modern Art
Declan McGonagle was born and grew up in Derry. He studied painting
at the College of Art in Belfast in the 1970s, lectured in the
Regional Technical College in Letterkenny and was a founding member
of the Orchard Gallery in Derry in 1978. In 1984, he went to the
Institute of Contemporary Arts in London as director of exhibitions.
On his return to Derry, he developed a visual arts programme for
the city, including education, community and public arts initiatives.
In 1987, he was shortlisted for the Tate Gallery's Turner Prize
for "making Derry an international centre for the artist".
He was appointed first director of the Irish Museum of Modern
Art in Dublin in 1990. He lectures regularly on contemporary visual
Elizabeth Meehan-professor, Department of Politics, Queen's
Elizabeth Meehan has been a professor in the Politics Department
at Queen's since 1991. She is also the holder of QUB's Jean Monnet
chair in European social policy. Before moving to Belfast, she
lectured at Bath University and was a Hallsworth Fellow at Manchester
University. Her main publications are in the fields of equal opportunity
policies, women and politics, and citizenship, in the contexts
of the United States, the UK and the European Union. She is chair
of the Political Studies Association of the UK, a member of the
research programmes board of the Economic and Social Research
Council, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a trustee of Charter
88 Trust, and a commissioner on the Northern Ireland Fair Employment
Michael Morrissey-senior lecturer, social policy and administration,
University of Ulster
In his work, Mike Morrissey is involved with local trade unions,
particularly the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers' Union,
and sits on the management committees of the Belfast Unemployed
Centre, the Community Information Technology Unit, Community Training
and Research Services, and Charities Evaluation Services. His
principal research interests include poverty, unemployment in
local labour markets and local area regeneration.
Eilish Rooney-lecturer, adult education and community development,UU
Bilish Rooney has been a lecturer in the School of Social and
Community Development Science at the University of Ulster since
1985, where she has developed the Diploma in Community Development
and Education. Her recent research has focused on community, women
and politics in Northern Ireland.
Paul Sweeney-Department of Environment advisor on community
development and urban regeneration
Paul Sweeney is a social administration graduate from the University
of Ulster. Before moving to Belfast in 1983, to take up an appointment
with the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, he worked in the voluntary
sector in his native Derry. He served as director of NIVT from
1987 to 1994, and is currently on secondment to the Department
of Environment, acting as an advisor on community development
and urban regeneration programmes.
Paul Teague-professor of economics, UU
Paul Teague taught at the London School of Economics, Cranfield
School of Economics and the University of Massachusetts before
taking a post at the University of Ulster, where he now holds
a chair in economics. His main research interests are European
integration and labour markets and the two Irish economies. His
publications include The Big Market: 1992 and The Future
of the European Community: European integration and national labour
market systems. He is completing a book on labour markets
and economic performance in Ireland.
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Appendix 3: DD patrons
Sir Kenneth Bloomfield
Sir Kenneth Bloomfield was secretary to the power-sharing Executive
in 1974, permanent secretary of the Department of Environment
and of Economic Development, and head of the Northern Ireland
Civil Service from 1984 until 1991. He is BBC national governor
for Northern Ireland, chair of the Northern Ireland Higher Education
Council, and a board member of Green Park Healthcare Trust and
the Bank of Ireland (Northern Ireland). He also sits on the Law
Reform Advisory Committee, and is a member of the advisory committee
for the (UK) inquiry into the implementation of constitutional
reform. His Stormont in Crisis: a memoir was published
Eilis Gallagher was assistant director of social services in the
Western Health and Social Services Board. She was chair of the
advisory committee set up by the Department of the Environment
in 1986 to examine issues of concern to the travelling community,
and remains an active member of that committee. In 1984 she received
an MBE for her work for people with disabilities, and in 1991
an OBE for her work on the travelling community. She is a past
president and current member of the Londonderry Soroptomist Club,
and is vice-chair of the Family Centre in Gobnascale.
Dr Maurice Hayes
Maurice Hayes was town clerk of Downpatrick from 1955 to 1973,
and in 1969 was appointed first chair of the Community Relations
Commission. He is a former Northern Ireland ombudsman, was assistant
secretary to the power-sharing Executive in 1974, advisor to the
chair of the Constitutional Convention in 1975, and permanent
secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services. He
has been involved with numerous public and academic bodies, including
the BBC, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Linen Hall
Library. He recently published the second part of his autobiography,
Minority Verdict: experiences of a Catholic public servant.
The daughter of the writer Denis Johnston and the actor/director
Shelah Richards, Jennifer Johnston was born in Dublin in 1930.
After early education at Parkhouse School, and Trinity College
in Dublin, she went on to become a prizewinnng novelist. Perhaps
best recognised for her How Many Miles to Babylon, she
has also written short stories and plays. Her tenth novel is due
Eilis McDermott QC
Eilis McDermott was born in Derry City in 1950, becoming a student
at Queen's University in 1968, from where she graduated in 1972.
Since 1974 she has been a barrister, working in Northern Ireland,
where she became the first woman QC. She has three children.
Sir George Quigley
After graduating from Queen's in history, and submitting a thesis
in mediaeval history, Sir George Quigley was successively permanent
secretary to four Northern Ireland departments: Manpower Services,
Commerce, Finance, and Finance and Personnel. He now works as
chief executive and chair of the Ulster Bank. He is also chair
of the Northern Ireland Economic Council.
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One of the most prominent British social thinkers of the last
quarter century, Anthony Giddens is professor of sociology at
Cambridge University and head of King's College. A prolific writer,
his more recent publications include The Nation-state and Violence
(1985), Modernity and Self-identity (1991), The
Transformation of Intimacy (1992) and, most recently, Beyond
Left and Right (1994).
After studying in Dublin, London and Cambridge, Rory O'Donnell
became a lecturer in economics at University College, Galway,
before taking up a post as senior research officer at the Economic
and Social Research Institute. He moved from there to being an
economist at the National Economic and Social Council, of which
he is now director.
Geraldine Donaghy-see p 49.
Robin Wilson - DD director
Robin Wilson was for eight years editor of Fortnight magazine.
He was co-founder of Initiative '92, which established the Opsahl
Commission. He was initial Northern Ireland correspondent of the
Independent on Sunday and has provided freelance commentary
on Northern Ireland for numerous British, Irish and international
media. He is a member of the executive of the British Irish Association
and the northern committee of the Irish Association.
Kate Fearon - DD assistant director
A former president of Queen's Student Union, Kate Fearon worked
as women's rights officer for the Union of Students in Ireland
before taking up her position at Democratic Dialogue. Her interests
include equal opportunities, health and education. She is a member
of the management committees of the Brook Advisory Centre in Belfast
and the first Higher Education Authority Equality Unit in the
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