Three-time International Peace Observer Sid Ryan congratulates parties on Northern Ireland accord

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Sid Ryan, a three-time International
Peace Observer to the process between the Protestant Democratic Unionist
Party (DUP) and the Catholic Sinn Fein to reach peace in Northern Ireland,
hailed today's landmark agreement to share power.
    "Both Ian Paisley of the DUP and Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein are to be
congratulated on reaching an accord to restore self-rule where they will both
set the political course of Northern Ireland's future," said Ryan who is
Ontario President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
    Ryan met with both leaders when he joined politicians from Ottawa and
Ontario as part of the Canadian delegations sent to Northern Ireland on three
occasions during the years 1998 to 2002.
    At that time, Canadian observers were participating in a world-wide
effort to bring the two sides together during a period when Catholics and
Protestants were embroiled in violent conflict.
    "Today's historic agreement brings to an end 800 years of conflict
between Protestants and Catholics," said Ryan. "Finally, the people of
Northern Ireland will be able to join in the economic miracle that has
transformed Southern Ireland in the last decade."

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario, (416) 209-0066

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