President leads the praise for deal
Published 06/02/2010 | 05:00
President Mary McAleese said yesterday that the Hillsborough Agreement represented a "deeply significant day" in the evolution of the peace process in the North.
History may well record the agreement as the moment when the peace process "transitioned from potential to reality", she said.
The President said our "gratitude and admiration" went to the representatives of the parties who negotiated this agreement and for the "leadership and courage" they had shown.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said: "The challenge now for the parties is to work together to deliver on implementing the remaining elements of the Good Friday Agreement so that the people... can be convinced that the political process can deliver real improvements to their lives."
Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore said that despite the difficulties encountered in the peace process, we must not lose sight of what had been achieved over the past 10 years.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the North had taken another important step toward a full and lasting peace.
"The accord (political leaders) reached today will help consolidate the hard-won gains of the past decade," she said.
Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All Ireland, also warmly welcomed the agreement.