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| Quigley |

Quigley, George (b. 1929)
Civil Servant; Chair of a review of the Parades Commission 2001-2002

George Quigley was educated at Ballymena Academy and Queen's University Belfast from where he later graduated with a first class Honours Degree in History and a PhD. After joining the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) Quigley rose through the ranks to become the Permanent Secretary of four departments: Manpower Services (1974-76), Commerce (1976-79), Finance (1979-82) and, Finance and Personnel (1982-89). On his retirement from the NICS he went onto serve as Chairman of the Ulster Bank, Bombardier Aerospace Shorts, and the Northern Ireland Economic Council (1994-98). In this role he angered some Unionists by his support for greater economic support between the two parts of Ireland. In November 2001 he was invited by Dr John Reid, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to chair a review body on the Parade Commission. This report was published in November 2002 and made a number of recommendations as to the future workings of the Commission. Soon after however the British government announced that it would not be acting immediately on Quigley's findings until after a further period of public consultation.

Book References:
McRedmond, Louis. (ed.) (1998), Modern Irish Lives: Dictionary of 20th-century Biography. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan.
Web Sources:
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/1/low/northern_ireland/2418011.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/1680574.stm
http://www.nio.gov.uk/press/021107a.htm
http://www.nio.gov.uk/pdf/quigreport.pdf
[Entry written by B.Lynn - 20 December 2002]


Notes:
The information has been compiled from numerous primary and secondary sources.
The best general sources for additional information are:
  • Elliott, Sydney. and Flackes, W.D. (1999), Northern Ireland: A Political Directory, 1968-1999. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
  • McRedmond, Louis. (ed.) (1998), Modern Irish Lives: Dictionary of 20th-century Biography. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan.
  • Ramsden, John. (ed.) (2002), The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century British Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    For related and background information see also:
  • The list of acronyms associated with 'the Troubles'
  • The glossary of terms related to the conflict
  • The abstracts on prominent organisations
  • The chronology of the conflict

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