Former IRA activist Patrick Magee and the daughter of MP Sir Anthony Berry killed in the 1984 blast will talk about conflict resolution

Patrick Magee and Jo Berry are to talk in Walthamstow about conflict resolution 30 years on from Brighton Bombing

Patrick Magee and Jo Berry are to talk in Walthamstow about conflict resolution 30 years on from Brighton Bombing

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The public are to be given a unique opportunity to hear the story of a daughter who came face-to-face faced with the man responsible for killing her father in the Brighton bombing.

Former IRA terrorist, Patrick Magee, is best known for planting the time-delayed bomb in Brighton's Grand Hotel which killed five and injured 31 during the Conservative Party conference on October 12 1984.

One of the most high-profile fatalities was that of Sir Anthony Berry, MP for Enfield Southgate and Tory whip.

Mr Magee was given eight life sentences in 1986, but was released under the Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1999. 

Determined to face her father's killer, Jo Berry met with Magee in 2000.

This led to several further meetings and a series of talks all over the world.

On Thursday, the talk, entitled Facing The Enemy, will be held at St Peter in the Forest Church in Woodford New Road, Walthamstow, from 7pm to 8:30pm.  

Organised by IMPART, a specialised therapeutic mental health team at North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT), the talk will focus on overcoming personal conflicts.

It will cover themes such as shock, loss, grief, anger, trauma, desire for vengeance, shame and compassion, healing and forgiveness.

The intensive management of personality disorders assessment recovery team (IMPART) at Thorpe Coombe hospital support people aged over 18 with a range of disability disorders.

 

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1:51pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

McGee should have been hung for what he did not released early.
McGee should have been hung for what he did not released early. Villagecranberry
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5:06pm Wed 11 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

What a fool you are Cranbelly. In your tiny brain there can be no peace so long as your pointless principles are upheld.
What a fool you are Cranbelly. In your tiny brain there can be no peace so long as your pointless principles are upheld. stickmanny
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6:24am Thu 12 Jun 14

tjm01 says...

What a brave lady, no amount of talking(or anything else for that matter) could ever instill forgivness or compassion for such a terrible and cowardly act, this man should never have been released from prison,I doubt he has or will ever show remorse for his acts, I take my hat off to you Jo you are a better person than most
What a brave lady, no amount of talking(or anything else for that matter) could ever instill forgivness or compassion for such a terrible and cowardly act, this man should never have been released from prison,I doubt he has or will ever show remorse for his acts, I take my hat off to you Jo you are a better person than most tjm01
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