L’ARCHIVIO DEI DOCUMENTI PRIVATI DEL ‘PEACE MAKER’ BRENDAN DUDDY
Saranno presto resi disponibili al pubblico, i documenti privati di Brendan Duddy, meglio conosciuto come ‘The Link’, ‘The Contact’ nonchè con ogni probabilità come ‘Mountain Climber’, nonostante egli non abbia mai confermato di essersi celato dietro a quest’ultimo pseudonimo.
Brendan Duddy ha speso 20 anni della sua vita nell’intento di perseguire la pace in Irlanda del Nord.
Personaggio chiave nell’intermediazione nei negoziati volti a risolvere l’hunger strike del del 1980 e del 1981 (Mountain Climber??), nonchè nei negoziati per il cessate il fuoco dell’IRA nel 1994.
Presto i suoi documenti privati entreranno a far parte dell’archivio on line dell’University of Ulster in relazione ai Troubles in Irlanda del Nord.
L’archivio di Brendan Duddy verrà ospitato dal Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) dell’Ulster University, grazie all’INCORE (centro di ricerca internazionale sui conflitti internazionali) e in collaborazione con National University of Ireland (NUI) di Galway.
Brendan Duddy ha dichiarato: “E’ un piacere e un privilegio affidare le mie carte al NUI di Galway dove, mi auguro, saranno di valore per gli studiosi di storia irlandese ndelle future generazioni”.
Hamber Brandon, direttore di INCORE, auspica che l’archivio possa essere disponibile già dalla metà del 2011. “Ci auguriamo che i documenti facciano nuova luce sui processi e le manovre, le pressioni e le motivazioni che sono sono dietro alle decisioni e alle azioni intraprese nel corso di un epoca della storia britannico-irlandese”.
Secret peacemaker’s papers revealed (BBC News Northern Ireland)
Brendan Duddy spent 20 years of his life secretly working towards peace. Known only as ‘The Link’ or ‘The Contact’, the Londonderry man was a key intermediary between the IRA’s army council and British intelligence. He believed that political progress could only be achieved once the IRA ended its military campaign, and dedicated much of his life to negotiations aimed at bringing about an IRA ceasefire. Sometimes using his own house as the venue for secret meetings, Mr Duddy was an intermediary in the negotiations aimed at resolving the hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981 and also played a central role in the efforts to negotiate the IRA ceasefire in 1994. Now his private papers are to go on public display as part of the University of Ulster’s online archive of material relating to the Northern Ireland Troubles. The Brendan Duddy Digital Archive is to be hosted by the University of Ulster’s Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) through INCORE, the university’s international conflict research centre, in collaboration with the National University of Ireland in Galway. “It is a pleasure and privilege to entrust my papers to NUI Galway where, I hope, they will be of some value to scholars of Irish history in the generations to come,” said Mr Duddy. “I am particularly happy that the archive is to be shared with the University of Ulster, based in my home town of Derry.” Dr Brandon Hamber, the director of INCORE, said staff were currently working to digitise the 30-box collection. He hopes it will be available to historians and other researchers by mid- 2011. “Rarely is there an opportunity to get an inside view into how peace is really made,” said Dr Hamber. “Brendan Duddy’s archive does just that and is therefore not only of local but also international importance.” Professor Richard Barnett, the vice-chancellor of the University of Ulster, said Mr Duddy deserved “great praise” for making his papers public. “We hope the papers will cast fresh light on the processes and manoeuvring, the pressures and motives behind decisions and actions taken during an epoch in British-Irish history. “It is essential that collections like this are available while main players in the events are still around so that these influential figures can continue to contribute to an outstanding of the past by clarifying or challenging new perspectives that might emerge from them,” he said.