Posted By: January 09, 2019


           Barbara Flaherty, Neil Conway and Fr. Sean McManus


CAPITOL HILL. Wednesday, January 9, 2019— A longtime Ohio activist for justice and peace in Ireland is the latest recipient of the Irish American Peace Prize, instituted by the Irish National Caucus.
Attorney Neil Conway of Cleveland was presented with the Prize on Monday, January 7, 2019,  in Columbus, Ohio, following the World Peace Prize presentation to Ms.Pierrette “Petee” Talley, Ohio AFL-CIOSecretary-Treasurer.
Fr. Sean Mc Manus —president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus,  and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize— made both presentations and the ceremony was Chaired by Barbara Flaherty, Executive Vice President, Irish National Caucus, and a Judge on the World Peace Prize Awarding Council.

Fr. McManus said: “There has always been considerable attrition in some  Irish-American activism. Some come on like gangbusters and then disappear like snow off a ditch. But Neil Conway has stayed the course. I have had the honor of knowing him for forty years. He has always shown deep commitment and an intelligent, well-informed approach to working for justice in The North/Northern Ireland. And that is why he was presented with the Prize, the words of which announce: ‘For dedication to the founding principle of the Irish National Caucus: “Ireland, too, has the right to be One Nation under God, indivisible, with  liberty and justice for all.’”

 Neil Conway said: “I am deeply honored and flattered to receive the Irish American Peace Prize from the Irish National Caucus (INC), acknowledging their leadership’s dedication to peace, justice, and reconciliation in Ireland. The INC’s non-violent efforts helped bring an end to interrogation techniques— which amounted to torture — against detained and interned Irish citizens in violation of the European Convention of Human Rights and helped resist the practice of incarceration without being charged. The INC also exposed in the U.S. Congress collusion by British armed forces with outlawed Unionist/Loyalist paramilitaries. And, most notably, the INC’s signature campaign, the Mac Bride Principles, in effect, sounded the death knell to anti-Catholic discrimination by American companies in The North/Northern Ireland.” END.