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# Peace Process

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Peace Process
No party or group should put North's peace in peril, John Major tells Oireachtas committee
The former UK prime minister was speaking as he gave evidence to a government committee today.
Last month
December 2022
# Troubles
Progress at five peace wall sites in Northern Ireland
Work is ongoing to reduce or remove the walls which were built to separate communities during the Troubles.
All time
# The Troubles
Decommissioning demands during first IRA ceasefire ‘were pointless’
Senior security figures told Irish officials two months before the ceasefire ended that the insistence on prior decommissioning was unnecessary.
# 1997 state papers
Republicans in the Maze allowed IRA prisoners build an escape tunnel 'as occupational therapy'
The Republican leadership had no intention of letting the prisoners escape.
# Peace Process
John Hume 'literally cried on Martin McGuinness's shoulder' amid health concerns in 1994
The SDLP leader later retired from public life after 40 years as an activist.
# Peace Process
IRA could not be defeated by military, John Major admitted in 1990s
“I would not say this in public, of course, but, in private, I would say, possibly no.”
# 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
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.
# Peace Process
Tony Blair says EU was 'very foolish' over NI vaccine move
The bloc backtracked on the move, imposed unilaterally as it faces shortfalls on vaccine supplies.
# RIP
'He was Ireland's Martin Luther King': Derry and Ireland say goodbye to John Hume
“Make no mistake about it – there are people alive today who would not be alive had it not been for John’s vision and his work.”
# Northern Ireland
'We're in tears': Derry's people on what John Hume meant to the city
The city is in mourning ahead of the funeral of John Hume today.
Voices
Opinion: A vote for change in Ireland, a welcome vote for Palestinians
Palestinians are heartened by the stance of most Irish parties on the occupied territories, writes Mona Sabella.
Voices
Opinion: In Colombia indigenous protests follow communities being displaced and leaders murdered
Thousands of indigenous people have attended a minga -a collective action for the common good – in defence of life, writes Kieran Duffy.
Voices
Opinion: My generation has only known peace on this island, but I’m afraid that’s about to change
Brexit and the possibility of a resurrected border loom over us like a hammer ready to crush our fragile peace – and we aren’t prepared for the consequences., writes Emily Duffy.
# hard brexit
Former Real IRA commander: Even cameras on masts would be seen as 'spy posts' in border regions
John Connolly, the group’s leader in prison in the 2000s, says things would change dramatically in the event of a hard border.
# very hard border
Tony Blair says no-deal Brexit could be 'devastating' for peace process
He accused some politicians of “playing fast and loose” with the peace process in Northern Ireland.
# guess who's backstop
David Trimble is planning to take Theresa May's government to court over the backstop
The former NI First Minister claims the border backstop undermines the Belfast Agreement.
# Peace Process
Varadkar to meet Apprentice Boys on trip to Derry
Discussing the peace process and Brexit are on the Taoiseach’s agenda.
# Belfast
'Full of honesty, candour and wisdom': Tributes after death of Queen's University chancellor Tom Moran
Moranm has been praised for his contribution to the Peace Process.
# Beyond Brexit
Warnings from former taoisigh on Brexit border: 'The communities would come together to tear it down'
Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and John Bruton shared a stage in Dublin this morning.
# 20 years
Bill Clinton on sleepless nights in 1998, Bertie trying to keep him up till dawn and Northern Ireland's similarities with Black Panther
Bill Clinton shared his memories of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, 20 years ago today.
# in a room
'You had the unionist guy saying to the Tory - 'you're not understanding what Sinn Féin is saying''
Years before the Good Friday Agreement, politicians came together at Glencree for unofficial, trust-building talks.
# 20 years on
'There is important work to be done': Clinton says politicians should commit to spirit of Good Friday Agreement
A special event to mark the 20th anniversary of the deal has been held in Washington DC.
# Brexit
'Ireland first': Donald Tusk says every EU leader 'wants to protect peace process and avoid hard border'
The President of the European Council said disrupting the peace process in Northern Ireland “must be avoided at all costs”.
# loose lips
Explainer: Why UK Brexiteers have been told to 'sod off' away from the Good Friday Agreement
It’s all about how it affects the UK’s Brexit negotiating position in Europe.
# US/IRISH RELATIONS
White House visit: Simon Coveney to brief Trump administration on Northern Ireland
The Tánaiste is to travel to New York and Washington DC following this morning’s Cabinet meeting.
# unique role
'As long as there is work to do we'll continue it': The lead detective searching for the remains of The Disappeared
Geoff Knupfer has a unique role. He can’t make arrests, but concentrates solely on finding bodies.
# divided society
'Behind the masks': New digital archive documents Northern Ireland's history
A library in Belfast has collected tens of thousands of items related to the Troubles and subsequent peace process.
# major problem
Peace process 'under stress' by a Tory-DUP government - but May isn't worried
Prime Minister Theresa May’s response: her government still supports the peace process.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you worried about how the Tory-DUP deal could affect the peace process?
DUP supporters are reportedly urging the party to ask Theresa May to allow loyalist marches go through Catholic areas.
# Inspiration
'Irish people were not as comfortable with the English as they are today'
Journalist and author Colin Young chats to The42 about Jack Charlton’s place in Irish football’s history.
# The Troubles
Tributes paid on the death of 'secret peacemaker' Brendan Duddy
The Derry businessman had been an important link between IRA forces and the British government for over 20 years.
# Olive Branch
Can Donald Trump save the Middle East peace process?
“All the parties like him right now. The Palestinians like him, the Israelis like him.”
# a remarkable life
'An IRA leader turned peacemaker': How Martin McGuinness is being remembered internationally
‘The cuddly grandfather figure that he presented in later life was real – but so too was the guerrilla hard man of the 1970s.’
# Peace Process
Sinn Féin welcomes involvement of former IRA prisoners in election campaign
Gerry Adams and director of elections Matt Carthy have faced questions about the involvement of former political prisoners in the election campaign.
# Peace Process
Bill Clinton had private concerns over Gerry Adams' IRA links
“I don’t know what the real deal is between him and the IRA.”
# Peace Process
Britain's new Shadow Chancellor has apologised for saying IRA members should be "honoured"
John McDonnell has been appointed to his position in recent days by new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
# Undefeated Army
Gerry Adams: The IRA was never defeated
The Sinn Féin leader was speaking on the 10th anniversary of the formal end to the IRA’s armed campaign.
Voices
That handshake was a publicity coup for Sinn Fein – why were the opposition missing in action?
Why did the State foot the bill for Sinn Fein’s biggest publicity stroke as Gerry Adams shook the hand of Prince Charles, while the Taoiseach and opposition leaders were nowhere to be seen, asks Paul Allen.
# tea process
Gerry Adams and Prince Charles just shared a historic handshake
The meeting is regarded as being historically significant – as Earl Mountbatten, a great-uncle of Prince Charles, was killed in an IRA bomb in 1979.