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# Good Friday Agreement

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Troubles
Former British soldier convicted of killing Aidan McAnespie to be sentenced next week
He will serve a maximum of two years in jail regardless of the sentence, under a clause in the Good Friday Agreement.
# Northern Ireland Committee
Protocol row ‘isn’t rocket science’, says Bertie Ahern in call for solution
The former Taoiseach was speaking today at the Northern Ireland Committee at Westminster.
This month
January 2023
# Margaret Gibson
Belfast woman who made plea to Tony Blair feels 'betrayed' 25 years after Good Friday Agreement
Margaret Gibney was a Belfast schoolgirl when she asked the then-prime minister to bring an end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Last month
December 2022
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol issues can be fixed ahead of Good Friday Agreement landmark, says Bertie Ahern
The former Taoiseach said he understands that unionists and loyalists have concerns about the constitutional position.
Last year
2022
# Deadline Day
Bertie Ahern: ‘Sad day’ for people of Northern Ireland as they face another election
The former Taoiseach said an election will not ‘change a damn thing’ because the Northern Ireland Protocol is not even on the agenda.
# Stormont Assembly
Border poll would not have a ‘hope in hell’ of passing at present, says Bertie Ahern
He was invited to the Oireachtas Committee due to his work on the Good Friday Agreement.
# Brexit
A Derry Girls screening ‘could help Good Friday Agreement understanding’
Northern Ireland Affairs committee chairman Simon Hoare made the suggestion as Chris Heaton-Harris said many do not appreciate the deal’s importance.
# GFA
Taoiseach accuses Sinn Féin of trying to ‘close down debate’
Micheál Martin accused his political opponents of trying to avoid accountability.
# Border poll
UK's Shadow Northern Ireland secretary ‘would call border poll if circumstances right’
However, Peter Kyle said things are currently a ‘long way off’.
Voices
Extract: What it was like to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement
The head of the Irish delegation at the Anglo-Irish Secretariat in Belfast, David Donoghue, writes about the experience.
# RIP
'Courageous' and 'frankly irreplaceable': Books of condolence open for David Trimble
The 77-year-old former Stormont first minister died on Monday evening following an illness.
Voices
Brian Rowan: How loyalist support helped an embattled David Trimble seal the Good Friday deal
Trimble’s position was encapsulated within the words – ‘no guns-no government’.
# Brexit
Northern Ireland business leaders tell US delegation compromise is needed over Protocol
The US Congressional group met business organisations as their last engagement on their trip to the island of Ireland.
# Good Friday Agreement
Peace and democracy can't be taken for granted, Taoiseach says on GFA anniversary
The Taoiseach released a statement to mark the 24th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
# Oireachtas
Criticism of British Ambassador's refusal to appear before Good Friday Agreement committee
Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín said the decision to refuse the invitation was “a disgrace”.
All time
Voices
Opinion: Austin Currie - peacemaker, parliamentarian and titan of the civil rights movement
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood pays tribute to the late politician and civil rights campaigner, who will be buried today.
# article 16
Taoiseach says there's an 'obligation' to consider Article 16's impact on the peace process
Micheál Martin has called on the Progressive Unionist Party to reconsider their withdrawal of support for the Good Friday Agreement
# Good Friday Agreement
Biden stresses importance of NI peace process and downplays trade deal during Johnson meeting
The US president met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Oval Office.
The US president met the UK Prime Minister in the Oval Office.
Biden issued a fresh warning for the UK not to damage the peace process over the EU departure.
Johnson agreed, saying: “On that point, Joe, we’re completely at one."
# Good Friday Agreement
Belfast court rejects unionists' legal challenge against the Northern Ireland Protocol
This included an argument that the Northern Ireland Protocol breached the Good Friday Agreement.
# Protocol
Biden gives ‘candid’ message to Johnson on Northern Ireland Brexit row
The US President told the UK Prime Minister he must protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process.
The US President told the UK Prime Minister he must protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a further grace period for the Northern Ireland Protocol would be “very problematic”
The DUP's new leader Edwin Poots sent a copy of the Good Friday Agreement to French President Emmanuel Macron
G7 countries pledge to provide one billion Covid-19 vaccinations
Taoiseach warns UK extension of protocol grace period would be ‘problematic’
# sausages from toulouse
DUP leader writes to French president explaining how Northern Ireland is part of the UK
Emmanuel Macron reportedly implied that Northern Ireland was a separate country.
# Northern Ireland
Biden challenge to Johnson over Northern Ireland Brexit dispute welcomed by Taoiseach
US President Joe Biden will use his first overseas visit to hold talks with Boris Johnson.
Biden's aides say he will stress the need to "stand behind" the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Micheál Martin said this morning that Biden's and US involvement is significant and makes sense from an American perspective.
European Council President Charles Michel said it's "paramount" that the terms of the Brexit deal are respected.
Patience ‘very thin’ as EU threatens retaliation over Northern Ireland Protocol
UK press hypes 'sausage trade war' with EU over Northern Ireland checks on chilled meats
# Brexit
Unionist negotiators of Good Friday Agreement call for suspension of Northern Ireland Protocol
The open letter has been sent to Micheál Martin, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Maros Sefcovic.
# Northern Ireland
Ex-paratroopers deny 1972 murder of Official IRA man
The legacy case of Joe McCann is one of several on which Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service has taken decisions.
# Brexit
Northern Ireland secretary quizzed for 60 minutes on Boris Johnson's 'broken' Brexit trade promises
Boris Johnson was of sowing mistrust among the unionist community, and is not “a casual observer” to events in the North.
# The Troubles
Taoiseach warns against 'spiral back' to sectarian conflict on anniversary of Good Friday Agreement
The agreement was signed 23 years ago today.
Voices
Opinion: The violence this week was choreographed by criminal gangs using children as fodder
Emma DeSouza says the unrest in the North is not a failure of peace but a failure of leadership.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Once again, the politics of Northern Ireland is in a mess and violence has won out
The former BBC correspondent and author says it’s like a rewind button has been pressed to the past in the North.
# Good Friday Agreement
US president ‘maintains unequivocal support for Belfast Agreement’
Jen Psaki, White House spokeswoman, spoke of Biden’s support for the agreement during the daily press briefing.
# northern protocol
NI Protocol issues can be resolved with goodwill and common sense, Boris Johnson says
Loyalist paramilitaries in NI have said they are withdrawing their support for the GFA.
# Good Friday Agreement
When should the UK call a border poll in Ireland? Calls for clarity on this 'quite remarkable' question
The decision to hold a referendum is ultimately one to be taken by the UK’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says
Maros Sefcovic made the remarks in a letter to UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove
# archives
Early Blair-Ahern meeting gave rise to potential for peace in Northern Ireland, documents show
Records released from the National Archives give details of an early meeting involving the two leaders.
Voices
Opinion: 'Thatcher dismissed FitzGerald's proposals but later said she could do business'
The Anglo-Irish Agreement is 35 years old this month. Mike Chinoy charts how the work of two professors shaped that agreement and laid the ground for the peace process.
# shared island initiative
Taoiseach promises to scope out viability of high-speed cross border rail links
Martin said a border poll is not on the agenda for his Government in the next five years.
# Emma deSouza
Irish government won't be contributing to the DeSouzas' legal bill
The legal case taken by the DeSouzas was “a private case in respect of an immigration application”, the Irish government said.
# Good Friday Agreement
Joe Biden warns trade deal between UK and US is 'contingent upon respect' for Good Friday Agreement
Meanwhile, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told US Congress that the EU is threatening peace in Northern Ireland
Voices
Opinion: John Hume gave us the gift of peace, it's our responsibility to protect it
Rights campaigner Emma DeSouza pays tribute to John Hume, the peacemaker, who will be laid to rest today.
# Newspapers
'The man who built the peace': Irish and British front pages react to the death of John Hume
Newspapers have extensively covered the life of John Hume in today’s front pages.
# Northern Ireland
Emma DeSouza drops legal challenge after change to immigration laws
DeSouza said she will continue to campaign for full recognition of Irish citizenship in NI.