The Chairperson of DHR Communications, Peter Cassells, was recently announced as the first Executive Director of the new Kennedy Centre for Conflict Intervention at NUI Maynooth. The Centre will open in 2011 and is being established in honour of the late Senator Edward Kennedy.
The Centre – the first of its kind in Ireland – will specialise in conflict resolution, mediation, leadership and civic engagement. It will be university-based, but will have a strong focus on engaging with key organisations – both national and international – that are active in these fields.
Initially, it will focus on peace-keeping and peace-making (for example, Northern Ireland; Ireland’s role in peacemaking; conflict resolution in the developing world), mediation, community conflict intervention and alternative dispute resolution (covering family law; commercial law, and workplace dispute resolution).
The Taoiseach announced the establishment of the Centre in recent weeks, saying it was further acknowledgement of Senator Kennedy’s immense commitment to Ireland, in particular his role in helping to bring about peace in Northern Ireland.
Our Chairperson, Peter, is highly experienced in conflict intervention and dispute resolution. Further details of his experience in these areas – and his career to date – are available here.