The Elders

  • Former President of Ireland, Ballina native, Mary Robinson has been appointed as the Chair of ‘The Elders’, an international organisation of public figures noted as elder states people, peace activists and human rights advocates. That’s according to today’s Irish Times.

    Ms Robinson is the third person to hold the position since the non-governmental organisation was founded in 2007 by the former South African president Nelson Mandela. She follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who died earlier this year.

    In a statement on The Elders’ website, Ms Robinson described her appointment as a huge honour at a critical moment for peace, justice and human rights around the world.

    “Building on the powerful legacies of Archbishop Tutu and Kofi Annan, I am confident that our group’s voice can both be heard by leaders and amplify grassroots activists fighting for their rights,” she said.