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Good Friday Agreement’s key players to mark 20 years at QUB

By Allan Preston

Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement was signed, many of the key figures who brokered the historic peace deal will gather at Queen’s University.

US Senator George J. Mitchell, who chaired the talks, will be joined by the former First and Deputy First Ministers Lord David Trimble and Seamus Mallon along with ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Also attending will be the former DUP and Sinn Fein leaders Peter Robinson and Gerry Adams.

Former Labour chief of staff Jonathan Powell will attend, although Prime Minister at the time Tony Blair and his senior adviser Alastair Campbell will be absent.

Speaking ahead of the event Senator George J. Mitchell said: “I am delighted and honoured to be joining so many of the key players from the Good Friday Agreement,” he said.

“Queen’s University is a world leader in global peace, security and justice so it is fitting that the key event marking the 20th anniversary takes place here.  I look forward to sharing a celebration of what was achieved in 1998 with the people of Northern Ireland and those who were involved in getting us to the agreement, as well as reflecting on the progress made since then and considering the challenges as we look to the future.”

Also attending will be Lord John Alderdice, who headed a commission which monitored the IRA ceasefire as well as Professor Monica McWilliams - co-founder of the NI Women’s coalition and one of the few women at the table of the multi-party peace talks.

The free event, organised by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University, takes place on Tuesday, April 10 from 2-5pm at the Sir William Whitla Hall.

Open to the public on a first come first served basis, advance registration is required at

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