Seamus Mallon Good Friday Agreement


If SDLP leader John Hume was the architect of this arrangement, then his deputy, Seamus Mallon, was the careful builder. Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach, said: “History will remember Seamus as the architect of the Good Friday Agreement, as a committed peacemaker and tireless advocate of an inclusive Ireland.” Former US President Bill Clinton, who played a key role in the Good Friday agreement, hailed Mallon as a “hero of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland” and “a profoundly good man.” He said: “As his party`s chief negotiator in the talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement, he was respected by all parties for his intelligence and integrity, openness and convictions.” Frustrated by delays in the implementation of the agreement, Mallon resigned and, in his resignation speech, launched a scathing attack on the Ulster Unionists: “They are taking advantage of this crisis to bleed more concessions from governments, precisely to bleed this process. They are dishonouring the agreement. They insult their principles.¬†Soon after, “unresign.” He felt that the then Prime Minister, David Trimble, was violating the agreement by insisting on the decommissioning of weapons. BELFAST (Reuters) – Former Northern Ireland deputy prime minister Seamus Mallon, one of the architects of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, died on Friday at the age of 83. After the Good Friday agreement, Mallon served until 2003 in the Stormont government for power-sharing with union Premier David Trimble, another difficult but effective partnership. He described the 1998 Good Friday Agreement as “Sunningdale for Slow Learners” – a decomposing rebuke to extremists on both sides who brought down the Sunningdale Accords in 1973 and prolonged the riots and cost thousands of lives. 600px wide