Reverend helps ease tensions between Catholics and Protestants in N. Ireland
Earlier this year, a series of protests erupted in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The city council, led by a group of Catholic leaders, had ruled to limit the number of days the flag of the United Kingdom flew above city hall. Many of the protests turned violent, in some of the worst unrest since a 1998 peace deal ended 30 years of conflict that saw Catholic nationalists seeking union with Ireland and Protestant loyalists who wanted Belfast to remain part of the U.K. Belfast native Reverend Bill Shaw has spent decades working towards peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. He is the director of 174 Trust, a non-denominational community-based organization that works in some of the most divided and disadvantaged areas of North Belfast. Today, he will be giving a lecture at 4:20 pm at the Schmitt Academic Center at DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus. He tells Worldview about his work and the recent violence.