Bill Clinton: You have to finish the job of cementing peace in the North

Former US president Bill Clinton has urged the people of the North to finish the job of cementing peace.

The US statesman said great strides had been made in the region in the last two decades, but more work was needed to overcome issues outstanding from the past.

Addressing a crowd in the Guildhall Square in Derry, Mr Clinton said it was not for him to propose the way ahead. Politicians had “inspired the world” but more progress was needed.

“You have to finish the job. That you free yourselves of the past, so you can embrace it and be proud rather than be imprisoned by it.”

Mr Clinton began his day-long visit by crossing a symbolic bridge in Derry. He walked across the footbridge linking the nationalist City side of the River Foyle with the unionist Waterside accompanied by former SDLP leader and Nobel Laureate John Hume and his wife, Pat.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Simon Harris hopes to convince GPs of move to rural areas

Netflix re-telling of The Siege of Jadotville reveals strong Kerry links

Man died after choking incident in nursing home dining room, inquest hears.

Course helps separated couples to co-parent


Breaking Stories

PSNI probe death of man in Antrim

Credit unions top survey of customer satisfaction. Can you guess who came last?

Dublin Bus bosses and unions back at talks today as 48-hour strike postponed

Lifestyle

Why Ireland's gay community will always be grateful to Fair City

City in song and verse - new anthology shows off the best of Cork writing

Angelina Jolie hiring the best in the business - Hollywood’s most fearsome divorce lawyer, Laura Alison Wasser

Get your house in order before going for a mortgage

More From The Irish Examiner