Forgiveness plays central and necessary part in reconciliation – President Higgins

Michael D Higgins reflected on the challenges of forgiving as he gave a lecture in Belfast to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

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Reluctant Sinn Féin became a fierce protector of the Good Friday Agreement

The party was slated for using delay tactics to frustrate and stunt the process, reports Political Correspondent Elaine Loughlin.

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Against all the odds, somehow peace prevailed

David Trimble was isolated, Mo Mowlan was sick, Bertie Ahern’s mother died, and Bill Clinton was on the line from the US, but, somehow, peace was achieved, writes political correspondent, Juno McEnroe.

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Unionism seems stuck in long-term no-man’s-land

Unlike in 1998, unionism today is led by a ‘dig your heels in’ mentality that may lead to its own undoing, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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Timeline of events before and after the Good Friday Agreement

Here is a timeline of events in the years before and after the Good Friday Agreement.

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Good Friday agreement remains 'beacon of hope', Clinton says

Bill Clinton has dubbed Brexit an "identity crisis" and has said the current "paralysis" in Northern Ireland poses significant dangers to democracy.

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Taoiseach welcomes condemnation of criminal activity by loyalist paramilitaries

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has welcomed a commitment from loyalist paramilitaries to support the rule of law and expel members who engage in criminal activity.

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Don't take peace for granted, former US envoy George Mitchell warns

The absence of violence should not be taken for granted in Northern Ireland, former US envoy George Mitchell warned.

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Gerry Adams recalls trepidation facing republicans after Good Friday Agreement

Gerry Adams has recalled the trepidation he felt as he faced republicans, two days after signing the Good Friday Agreement.

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'I reflect on what I said with a mixture of pride and embarrassment' - Tony Blair on Good Friday Agreement

Tony Blair has said he reflects on one of his most famous and oft-derided quotes, delivered ahead of the Good Friday peace deal, with a mix of pride and embarrassment.

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Any kind of border between Republic and North would be a disaster - Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern claims any kind of border between the Republic and the North would be a disaster.

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Good Friday Agreement: Bishops unite in appeal for 'sectional interests' to be set aside for sake of 'new beginning'

In a joint statement released this morning to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement the Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates of All Ireland have appealed for the vision of a common good embodied by the Good Froday Agreement not to be submerged beneath sectional interests.

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First 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement: Deal has yet to fulfil potential

The Good Friday Agreement brought the framework for peace, but it hasn’t been an easy ride. Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith looks back on the key moments of the first 20 years of the peace process.

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Bertie Ahern on Good Friday Agreement: ‘We said we’d give it a few years, it took over our lives’

The two young leaders, Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair, both came to power in 1997, writes Daniel McConnell.

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Good Friday Agreement: Decades in the making, but deal is still fragile

Considered by many the cornerstone of peace and stability on the island of Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement and the path to it was fraught with hurdles and political landmines, writes Juno McEnroe.

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