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Local Ancient Order of Hibernians Honors Walsh for Role in Good Friday Agreement

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Local Ancient Order of Hibernians Honors Walsh for Role in Good Friday Agreement
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- One local politician was recognized for his role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland after decades of the Troubles.

Former Rep. Jim Walsh was one of the people who helped strike the Good Friday Agreement.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians recognized him at Coleman's Tuesday.

Lessons from the Northern Ireland deal could be used in Gaza and Ukraine, Walsh said, adding that the peace process starts once both sides realize that no one will win through violence.

"And then they have to be willing to build each other's confidence little by little by making small deals before they get to the big deal. It's possible to do. Ireland shows that it's possible anywhere," Walsh said.

A plaque was unveiled that will be showcased at Coleman's.

The organization has other historical markers recognizing Irish contributions here in Central New York.

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