Dr. Gary McCaleb meets with Northern Ireland community leaders
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2000
Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
After spending three days talking with Northern Ireland community leaders about revitalizing local government for better communities, Dr. Gary McCaleb boarded a plane last Friday to return to Abilene. At the same time, Irish tempers began to flare concerning the Protestant marches that started Sunday.
McCaleb, Abilene Christian University vice president and executive director of the Center for Building Community, spent three days in Northern Ireland at the request of the U.S. State Department.
He had appointments with city and government leaders equal to U.S. city managers, national department secretaries and other elected officials. Topics centered on what steps were necessary to build and sustain community.
McCaleb said the community leaders hoped for less volatility during the annual marches, and while they thought progress was being made in that direction, news reports have shown more volatility than Northern Ireland leaders anticipated.
According to the Associated Press, fires and riots broke out in retaliation for Britain's decision to allow Protestant marchers through a Catholic neighborhood. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and subject to the British Parliament.
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