Former Attorney General of Ireland to speak about the Good Friday Agreement and its impact on Brexit

July 20 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford, Mass. – David Byrne, former Attorney General of Ireland, will present a lecture titled How Diplomacy Brought Peace to Northern Ireland: Reflections on the Good Friday Agreement and its Impact on Brexit on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Byrne will speak to vital issues relating to sovereignty, civil and cultural rights, decommissioning of weapons, justice, and policing, which were central to the Good Friday Agreement. Tickets are $10 for Museum members or $15 for non-members at or call 508-997-0046. This lecture is presented in partnership with the New Bedford Lyceum.

Byrne will frame the Good Friday Agreement in a historical context and talk about his direct involvement in the complex negotiations as he worked alongside US Senator George Mitchell. In addition, Byrne will comment specifically on the impact of the Agreement on Brexit – a major topic in the European Union today.

David Byrne served as the first EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. A barrister by training, he was appointed Senior Counsel in 1985 and then Attorney General of Ireland in 1997. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and has been conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the National University of Ireland. Further, he is the Chancellor Emeritus of Dublin City University.


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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, please visit