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Loyalist Jackie McDonald and republican Sean 'Spike' Murray in peace message

By Nicola Anderson

Two former paramilitary prisoners will bring a message of peace to Dublin when the One Young World summit opens next month.

Senior loyalist Jackie McDonald and republican Sean 'Spike' Murray, who have both served time for their parts in the Troubles, will talk of their own personal road to peace and reconciliation before the 1,000 delegates who will attend the event.

Young people from 190 countries have registered to attend the 2014 summit alongside global leaders from business, politics, fashion, science and sport acting as One Young World counsellors.

Delegates are 18 to 30-year-olds who have demonstrated leadership potential. Many have had an impact in their home countries on a range of issues, including the role of business in society, transparency, climate change, global health and human rights.

They will share a stage with world figures such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former President Mary Robinson, and Bob Geldof, debating issues on sustainable development, human rights, peace and conflict.

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