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"I remember a meeting that I pulled together in Belfast, in the town hall there, bringing together for the first time Catholics and Protestants from both traditions, having them sitting a room where they had never been before with each other because they don’t go to school together, they don’t live together and it was only in large measure because I really asked them to come that they were there."For HRC to claim that she was the first to bring Protestant and Catholic women together, as she appears to do, is outrageously patronizing to the people of Ulster. It is also ill-informed, as Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for their ecumenical organization of women and men for peace in Northern Ireland. It is also quite arrogant, in my opinion, to assert that this uniquely qualified outsider was required to arrange any meeting of Ulster people of reasonably good will.
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