Colorado's Honorary Irish Consul Jim Lyons announced the publication of his book Peace Meets the Streets on Amazon.com. The book highlights Lyon's work from 1993 to 2001 as President Clinton's U.S. Observer to the International Fund for Ireland and, later, as Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Economic Initiatives in N. Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland. It is a story of the grassroots economic work to support peace and reconciliation in Ireland.
From his unique role and personal experiences, Lyons explains his work in the gritty, sectarian neighborhoods of Belfast and Derry and in the rural towns and villages of the twelve surrounding counties. Peace Meets the Streets revolves around the people and leaders in those neighborhoods, cities, and towns both Catholic and Protestant. He tells of the painstaking effort to build trust in both communities and the key players with whom he worked, trusted, and came to befriend.
Peace Meets the Streets provides insight into this key period of Irish history and offers an insider’s look at the successful efforts of President Bill Clinton’s administration to help restore this troubled democracy. In May 1998, after tough negotiations, all parties except one (DUP) supported and signed the 1998 Good Friday Agreement (aka ‘Easter Agreement’). Later, voters in Ireland and No. Ireland also agreed to this agreement.
About the Author:
Jim Lyons is a Partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP in Denver. Mr. Lyons focuses his practice on complex business litigation mediation and arbitration of all types, including corporate, securities, and insurance law. He has more than 40 years of courtroom and jury trial experience in state and federal courts. Mr. Lyons also has extensive government relations and international trade and diplomatic experience from his work in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He was appointed Ireland's Honorary Consul in 2009. All proceeds from the sale of Peace Meets the Streets will be donated to a charity.
(thanks to Ken Larson for the submission of this information)
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