Sunday 4 December 2016

30 years since Anglo-Irish Agreement

Sam Griffin

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

Former Tánaiste Dick Spring and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at an event in Iveagh House to mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement
Former Tánaiste Dick Spring and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at an event in Iveagh House to mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement

Taoiseach Enda Kenny marked the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement with an address to guests from political and public life from Ireland, the North and Britain.

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The event was part of a series of lectures held at Iveagh House in Dublin, home to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Among those in attendance were former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave and former Tánaiste Dick Spring, as well as family members of the late Garret FitzGerald and the family of the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Peter Barry. Britain's Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott, also attended

The agreement gave the Republic a say in how the North was governed and stated that Northern Ireland would remain part of the UK unless a majority of the people in the North voted to leave it.

Foreign Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan arrived last night from Belfast, where he is involved in negotiations to kick-start the stalled powersharing administration there.

He said "encouraging and steady progress" was being made at Stormont. The minister is to return for further talks today.

Irish Independent

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