Good Friday Agreement

  • US President is visiting Northern Ireland to mark 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement.
  • GFA was signed in 1998, between factions of Northern Ireland, and governments of Britain and Ireland, to end 30 years of violence known as ‘The Troubles’.
  • The agreement is hailed as a model deal to end long-standing conflicts, and fetched a joint Nobel peace prize for David Trimble and John Hume, then leaders of the two opposing parties in Northern Ireland.
  • Northern Ireland, created in 1921 by partitioning Ireland, remained with United Kingdom after Ireland’s independence from UK.
  • This resulted in violence between those who wished to remain with UK and those who wanted to join Ireland.


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