Inside Out – A Decade On
John Lonergan was a guest speaker at the celebration we had for Inside Out‘s tenth anniversary on 26th May 2012. In the following podcast Mary de Courcy introduces him. Alison Joyner, a therapist and member of IAHIP, speaks about Inside Out as a precursor to the talk, and finally Sarah Kay thanks John Lonergan.
John Lonergan is a native of Bansha, Co. Tipperary. He served in the Irish Prison Service for over 42 years. He was Governor of Mountjoy Prison for over 22 years and Governor of the top security prison at Portlaoise for 4 years. He retired in June 2010 and later that year his autobiography “The Governor” was published. His philosophy is that change, personal or otherwise, cannot be enforced on people, and believes that real and meaningful change only comes about through dialogue, consent and agreement. He is convinced that people change from the inside out. He suggests that the big task for all of us as human beings is to find the humanity in others and then to nurture it. He argues that the more we are in touch with their own humanity the more likely we all are to treat others with humanity.