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Friday 9 October 2015

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

By Nicola Anderson

Published 09/10/2013

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.

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