Professor appointed to new Northern Ireland Commission

23 June 2016

Thomas Hennessey, Professor of Modern British and Irish History, has been appointed as a member of the newly established Northern Ireland Executive’s Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition.

The announcement of the Commission was made by Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Arlene Foster, and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.

As outlined in the Stormont House Agreement, the Commission will consist of 15 members. Seven members have been appointed by the leaders of the political parties and eight have been chosen from outside of Government.

First Minister, Arlene Foster said: “The establishment of this Commission marks another key milestone in the Fresh Start Agreement. The Commission presents a unique opportunity to take a fresh approach to dealing with the complexities of flags, identity, culture and tradition.

“The Commission will undertake a very important programme of work and I commend those who are taking an active role in shaping a Northern Ireland free from segregation and division.”

Before joining Canterbury Christ Church University Professor Hennessey was a member of the Ulster Unionist Party’s Talks Team during the negotiations of Good Friday Agreement in 1998. His specialisms include Northern Irish history from 1886 and political violence in Ireland.

Notes to editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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