Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Northern Ireland peace pioneers David Trimble and Seamus Mallon tell ministers to deliver

Lord David Trimble (right) and Seamus Mallon at Dublin City University
Lord David Trimble (right) and Seamus Mallon at Dublin City University

Two of the architects of the peace process have criticised their successors in the current Executive for not delivering for the people.

Despite their reservations, David Trimble and Seamus Mallon – the First and Deputy First Ministers after the Good Friday Agreement was signed – both remained optimistic that the problems will be ironed out, as they were honoured in Dublin yesterday.

The pair received honorary doctorates of philosophy from Dublin City University to mark the 15th anniversary of the Agreement.

Mr Mallon criticised the Executive for failing to address "the most important issues" over the past 10 years and said it's time it exercised its role to "deal with problems".

Mr Trimble added his own reservations about the Executive, saying it was "not delivering much to the people of Northern Ireland but its existence".

But he said he was confident that the current problems will be sorted out.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz