Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Bill Clinton to address dignitaries in Derry

Former US President Bill Clinton is today due to speak on Northern Ireland’s transformation from conflict to peace in Londonderry.

The visit comes seven years after his second trip to Derry in July 2003, when he announced that John Hume was to hold the Tip O’Neill Chair role in Peace Studies. Mr Clinton also visited the city in 2001.

Today, Mr Clinton will be flanked by US economic envoy to Northern ireland, and friend, Declan Kelly at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus.

Mr Kelly has been instrumental in championing Derry’s recent successful bid to become the first ever UK City of Culture.

Mr Clinton is expected to touch on Derry’s City of Culture success and the forthcoming transatlantic investment conference in Washington.

First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume are expected to be among those invited to today’s address.

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