Clinton to address people in Guildhall Square

US president Bill Clinton with Foyle MP John Hume and the then Mayor, the late John Kerr in 1995.
US president Bill Clinton with Foyle MP John Hume and the then Mayor, the late John Kerr in 1995.

The University of Ulster in Derry has confirmed today’s revelation in the Derry Journal that former US President Bill Clinton is to return to the city. He will address people in Guildhall Square on March 5, where he will pay tribute to former SDLP leader, John Hume.

Almost ten years since his first address there he intends honouring the contribution of John Hume to peace as well as launching ‘Peacemaking In The Twenty-First Century’, a new book celebrating a series of peace lectures given at the University’s Magee campus.

University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett, said: “The University of Ulster is delighted to strengthen its links with President Clinton and to welcome him back to the city.

“President Clinton is an Honorary Graduate of Ulster, and has a long history of engagement with the University, particularly with our Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry.

“We are honoured that President Clinton will be with us both to launch the book and to support the developments at INCORE, the University’s international peace and conflict centre, linked to the John Hume and Thomas P O’Neill Chair in Peace.”

Edited by John Hume, Professor T.G. Fraser and Dr Leonie Murray, ‘Peacemaking in the twenty-first century’ publishes lectures given by world figures including President Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as part of the Tip O’Neill Lecture Series, supported by The Ireland Funds.

Nobel Laureate John Hume held the Tip O’Neill Chair in Peace Studies at the University of Ulster from 2002 to 2009.

Derry City Council is providing support for the event. Mayor Martin Reilly said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome President Clinton back to the city at this time, to see for himself the significant advances that have been made here in recent years.”