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Mary McAleese in running for peace accolade

Former Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin, along with former US president Jimmy Carter and the queen of Jordan, are among the nominees for this year's Tipperary International Peace Award.

The winner of the prestigious prize will be announced early in January and will come from a shortlist of six nominees.

Previous recipients of the Tipperary award include Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bob Geldof, the late US Senator Edward Kennedy and his sister, former Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy-Smith.

The McAleeses have been nominated for their work to promote justice, social equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation during Mrs McAleese's 14 years in Aras an Uachtarain.

Mr Carter has been nominated for his work with the Carter Centre, which he founded in 1982 to advance human rights.

Queen Nour Al Hussein of Jordan has "sensitively balanced Arab and western cultures in her work for development, education, women's rights and the landmine ban with her Noor Al Hussein Foundation", the committee said.

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