She said, "We believe it is important for others to know the pivotal role Mrs. Clinton played in helping us in Northern Ireland at critical junctures in the peace process. She supported us over many years and we will always be grateful to her."
"Hillary Clinton took risks for peace in asking me and others to bring women and communities from both traditions to affirm their capacity to work for common purpose and to assert, when there was no public dialogue which supported it, that working for common purpose on the basis of mutual respect was the core to effective peace building."
Elaine Crozier, a community worker added, "Hillary broke the mold in terms of U.S. intervention in Northern Ireland. She came here, sat down with ordinary people, and rolled up her sleeves to see what could be done. She showed us an America that was open and fair, ready to listen and ready to help."
Among the other women from across the divide issuing statements on behalf of Clinton's work in Northern Ireland were Baroness May Blood, a member of the House of Lords who worked for many years as a community worker promoting economic development, better housing, health and education in the Shankill area of West Belfast.
Geraldine McAteer, chief executive of West Belfast Partnership Board which works towards the economic, social and physical regeneration of West Belfast, and Avila Kilmurray, head of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland since 1994, also contributed.
Family Split At Hyannis
NEXT Thanksgiving at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port should be interesting when the pro-Obama and pro-Clinton factions of the family meet.
It is hardly family feud territory, but it is certainly the first time in memory that the family has divided on the issue of a Democratic presidential candidate to back.
On one side it appears the family of Bobby Kennedy - Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Kerry Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy Junior - all support Clinton, while JFK's daughter Caroline, brother Senator Edward Kennedy and his family support Obama. Should make for some interesting debate over the turkey.