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SDLP host Good Friday Agreement Anniversary Dinner

The SDLP has held a dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

During the event, some of those who helped to bring about the agreement in Northern Ireland were presented with the John Hume medal by Pat Hume including former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, former SDLP leader and deputy First Minister Mark Durkan and former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Lord Paul Murphy.

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA said: “Tonight we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the most important peace agreement in the history of Ireland.

"The Good Friday Agreement is about diversity, respect and inclusion. It is imperative that we get back to the spirit envisaged by the Good Friday Agreement, that both traditions on our island are accommodated and respected.

“The event this evening was about pausing to reflect and commemorate those who helped us deliver peace to this island. It was a privilege to recognise some of those who helped to create and implement the most important peace agreement in the history of Ireland.

"We must harness that spirit to bring about a resolution for our current impasse.”

Pat Hume said: “I was delighted to present the medals to the recipients of the inaugural John Hume medal this evening. They are worthy recipients and their invaluable contributions to peace on this island cannot be overstated.

“In this period of political uncertainty, it is important to remember and embrace the principles of the Good Friday Agreement. Tonight’s celebrations were also a stark reminder of how hard we have fought, and must continue to fight, for peace.”

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