Today is 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which brought unionists, nationalists and republicans together in the joint-government of Northern Ireland. It is remembered as one of the great achievements of Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister, and the SDLP's John Hume and the UUP's David Trimble went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. But as leading figures from the negotiations share their reminiscences today, you might detect a nervous note in their voices. Self-government in Northern Ireland has collapsed and Brexit has put the incendiary issue of the Irish border back on the top of the political agenda. The historic agreement itself is under attack. What is the Good Friday Agreement? The Agreement did more than pave the way for power-sharing in Northern Ireland between parties largely divided along sectarian lines. It enshrined the principle of consent. It would be up to the people of Northern Ireland to decide if they wanted to remain part of the UK or become part of a … [Read more...] about The Good Friday Agreement and why a threat to it is a threat to all of us
The long good friday
TWENTY years ago today I sat with friends in our student accommodation in Belfast and watched as politicians emerged to announce the new peace deal that was the Good Friday Agreement. We were all students at Queen's, had grown up in the conflict and had known little of a Troubles-free Northern Ireland, apart from the brief period of ceasefires leading up to that day. Ours had been a world of security checks, border patrols, watchtowers, tit for tat killings, divided communities and acts of terror and sectarianism. Looking back, the most disturbing thing is perhaps how normalised those things had become in our lives. We were therefore thrilled at the prospect of a political agreement that could maintain the new peace, establish new institutions of government and new ways of managing our society. When the details emerged of the institutions, legislation and relationships to be established under the agreement it was sold as a series of ‘confidence building measures’ for the … [Read more...] about We should celebrate the Good Friday Agreement says Human Rights Consortium director Kevin Hanratty
0 Comments Simon Coveney: Good Friday Agreement anniversary is a chance to redouble the focus on duty to reach full reconciliation' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/simon-coveney-good-friday-agreement-anniversary-is-a-chance-to-redouble-the-focus-on-duty-to-reach-full-reconciliation-36786445.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36786442.ece/248b4/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-04-09_new_39946708_I1.JPG Email Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. This, I believe, is an important moment for everyone, whatever your perspective, to reflect and remember just how much has been achieved through the Agreement over the last 20 years. The horrendous, destructive violence of the Troubles was definitively ended. There was a new start in Northern Ireland, founded on power-sharing, … [Read more...] about Simon Coveney: Good Friday Agreement anniversary is a chance to redouble the focus on duty to reach full reconciliation’
The Good Friday Agreement brought the framework for peace, but it hasn’t been an easy ride. Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith looks back on the key moments of the first 20 years of the peace process.FROM the SDLP’s John Hume and the UUP’s David Trimble jointly winning the Nobel peace prize as architects of the Good Friday Agreement, to both parties being effectively written out of history by their Sinn Féin and DUP rivals over the next 20 years.From the DUP’s insistence it would never sit at the same table as Sinn Féin, to Ian Paisley Sr and Martin McGuinness’s relationship becoming so strong they were known as the Chuckle Brothers.From Omagh, Holy Cross, loyalist Michael Stone’s “theatrical” gun and bomb attack attempt on Stormont and the 2009 murder of two British soldiers outside an army barracks, to eventual decommissioning by almost all paramilitary groups.And from promises of a new era of power-sharing, … [Read more...] about First 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement: Deal has yet to fulfil potential
Most of us look forward to Easter and the abundance of tasty chocolate treats that it brings. But not all of us know what Good Friday is and why we eat certain food items at this time of the year. Good Friday comes the day after Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It is the day that all Christians remember when Jesus was crucified on the cross - but it is also an important day in the Christian calendar. When is Good Friday? Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday (Easter Day). The date of Good Friday changes every year. The Anglo-Saxon name for Good Friday was Long Friday, due to the long fast imposed upon this day. Good Friday was not celebrated as the day Christ died until the 4th century AD. This year it is on Friday, April 14. Why is it called Good Friday? The name may be derived from 'God's Friday' in the same way that goodbye is derived from 'God be with ye'. Jesus was arrested and handed over to the Roman soldiers to … [Read more...] about Why is it called Good Friday and why do we eat hot cross buns and fish?