A regional journalist who founded the largest peace movement of Northern Ireland’s Troubles has died aged 76.
As the News Letter’s political correspondent and frequent leader writer during the 1990s, Ciaran wrote editorials endorsing moves towards peace, including reform of policing in Northern Ireland.
But his contribution towards the peace movement began before that, when he founded the Peace People group in 1976.
In 1978 he became the first person from Northern Ireland to address the General Assembly of the United Nations, delivering a speech on behalf of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Irish News editor Noel Doran said: “Ciaran played a crucial role with the Peace People and was also a distinguished journalist with a number of different outlets.
“I would like to offer the sympathies of everyone at our paper to his family.”
Ciaran was married to Marianne, who died before him. He passed away peacefully at his home in Belfast on Sunday following a period of illness.
Ciaran is survived by children, Marianne, Rachel, Susan, Simon, Ruth, Leah and Hannah, as well as 17 grandchildren.