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# Good Friday Agreement

Last month
November 2023
Wreath for the Disappeared to be laid at Stormont during 17th annual All Souls Day event
Families will lay a black wreath with five white lilies representing the final five people who have yet to be found.
This year
2023
Micheál Martin says there's still ‘hard, practical work’ needed to reconcile NI communities
In an interview with the BBC, the Tánaiste declined to say whether he believed he would see a united Ireland in his lifetime.
Tánaiste says failure to achieve reconciliation is the ‘great miss’ of peace process
Micheál Martin said opportunities to fulfil the potential of peace had been ‘squandered’.
New inquest ordered into murder of Thomas Lockard in 1998
Thomas Lockard was found beaten on the side of the road weeks after the Good Friday agreement was signed.
Mandelson was advised not to refer to Ireland as ‘the Free State’, declassified papers show
He was also advised not to refer to Britain as ‘the mainland’ after he took over as Northern Ireland Secretary in 1999.
Political leaders in Northern Ireland urged to restore Stormont on final day of GFA summit
Varadkar, Sunak, and Bill Clinton made similar appeals on the final day of the conference being held in Queen’s University Belfast.
Restoring Stormont ‘can fairly easily be done if we want to’, says Bill Clinton
More events are taking place this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Former GFA talks chairman George Mitchell urges parties to find compromise to restore Stormont
The three-day event in Belfast will mark the 25th anniversary of the historic peace accord.
Sunak urges return to Stormont on 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement signing
The agreement was signed on 10 April 1998, but most commemorative events took place on Good Friday.
QUIZ: How well do you know the Good Friday Agreement?
Can you get 10/10?
Events marking 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement take place across island of Ireland
Victims of the Troubles gathered in Co Down to watch the sunrise this morning.
Political figures involved in the negotiations 25 years ago gathered for a commemorative event at Stormont today
Communities in the North are marking the anniversary with reflective events
Brian Rowan: The magic of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was how a firm 'no' became 'yes'
25 years on, leading Republican and Loyalist agree North is still waiting for 'peace dividend'
Jenny Maguire: There is violence in poverty, discrimination and systems that don’t work
“Let’s continue to, yes, celebrate peace, but also ensure we achieve it in every corner, because until we do, the impact of the agreement is frankly undermined.”
Benji Mobeeky: Why do we all still whisper the words “Protestant” and “Catholic”?
Spoken word artist Benji Mobeeky tells of his generation’s confusion about the peace the Good Friday Agreement purports to have brought to the island.
Bertie Ahern, Alanna Idris Quinn and US Ambassador to appear on Late Late Show
A fairly stacked line-up this Good Friday.
Explainer: What is the Good Friday Agreement?
The 25th anniversary of the landmark deal is being marked – here’s what’s in it.
'It’s a much better place than it was': What the Good Friday Agreement has done for Ulster GAA
Gains in most areas means GAA has become normalised in the north 25 years after the agreement was signed, but not all is perfect.
Brian Rowan: The magic of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was how a firm 'no' became 'yes'
The former BBC correspondent says the peace process needs the British and Irish Governments again, it needs strong leadership.
25 years on, leading Republican and Loyalist agree North is still waiting for 'peace dividend'
The Journal spoke to two men who were on opposite sides of the conflict – Republican Danny Morrison and Loyalist Billy Hutchinson.
Rishi Sunak expected in Northern Ireland for Biden visit that will cost £7 million to police
Biden will arrive in Northern Ireland on 11 April and depart for the Republic the next day.
Search of Co Monaghan bog for remains of Columba McVeigh has resumed
The current search began in October but was suspended in November due to ‘dangerous’ ground conditions.
Event to mark 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement to take place in Abbey Theatre
Sharing Peace, Sharing Futures will include contributions from a number of musicians, poets and writers.
'The DUP won't be celebrating': Why do a majority of unionists oppose the Good Friday Agreement?
The 25th anniversary won’t be a cause of celebration for everyone.
Opinion: Biden knows the value of his visit to Ireland in the wake of Brexit and Trump
Peter Flanagan looks at the shifting sands in the relationship between the US, UK and Ireland ahead of Biden’s visit.
UK's Northern Ireland Secretary says peace 'must not be taken for granted'
MPs acknowledged the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement during a debate in the House of Commons.
MI5 increases terror threat level in Northern Ireland from 'substantial' to 'severe'
The Northern Ireland secretary has said ‘the public should remain vigilant, but not be alarmed’.
‘It’s been quite a journey’: Lead ‘Disappeared’ investigator Geoff Knupfer to retire this week
Geoff Knupfer, who has been in the role since 2005, said it has been ‘an honour’ to be so closely involved in humanitarian investigations.
Gardaí told no further leave days to be granted in week of 10 April as Biden expected to visit
The president confirmed is coming to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Analysis: If the SDLP decline continues, Northern Ireland's politics will suffer
Ahead of the SDLP’s party conference this weekend, Emma DeSouza looks at its struggles to hold support in a polarised political landscape.
Bertie Ahern honoured by UUP leader at event marking 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement
At an event in Dublin last night, Bertie Ahern in turn praised UUP Doug Beattie for his ‘wisdom and calmness’ during tough times.
Sinn Féin and DUP both rise in new Northern Ireland opinion poll
The poll put support for Sinn Féin at 30.6% and DUP at 23.9%.
Beneath green shamrocks and fluff of St Patrick's Day lies Ireland's soft power busy at work
Ireland sees cringeworthy flattery of the US as warranted if it achieves the end goal.
Blair: Good Friday Agreement 'the only really successful peace process' of the past 25 years
The former UK prime minister gave an interview to AFP ahead of the 25th anniversary of the agreement.
PSNI says officers from Britain will be brought to Northern Ireland to police Joe Biden visit
The PSNI chief constable said the visit of the US President was a ‘unique policing operation’.
Taoiseach criticises SF's Irish unity adverts in the New York Times calling it 'unhelpful'
The half-page advert says the British Government continues to ‘break its obligations’.
Joe Biden confirms intention to visit NI and Republic for Good Friday Agreement anniversary
Tánaiste Micheál Martin has said it is “very welcome news”.
Hillary Clinton: 'I'm very optimistic about what lies ahead for Northern Ireland'
Tánaiste Micheál Martin arrived in New York yesterday.
Bill Clinton and Gerry Adams to share the stage at Good Friday Agreement event in New York
Bill Clinton famously decided to grant the former Sinn Féin leader a US Visa in 1994.
Micheál Martin to ring NASDAQ opening bell as St Patrick's exodus begins
Micheál Martin will arrive in New York today.
Here's what Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald will be up to in the US next week
Leo Varadkar will meet the US president in the White House on Friday.
Joint UK/Irish arrangement needed if powersharing is not restored at Stormont, says O’Neill
Sinn Féin’s vice president called on the DUP to show ‘leadership’ and lift its blockade on devolution at Stormont.