Sunday 17 December 2017

Good Friday Agreement 'has not failed, people have failed it'

Watching two elder statesmen of peace cry was a moment of great emotion

BENCHING: Trimble, Spring and Mallon were honoured
BENCHING: Trimble, Spring and Mallon were honoured
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

There's something about watching grown men cry or struggle to contain their emotions that hits your inner core.

When it is the architects and elder statesmen of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) who struggle to maintain their composure as they recall the dark days of the Troubles, it hits you even more.

There were audible gasps, including my own, last Thursday night when Seamus Mallon recalled how his life had been saved on several occasions by his Protestant friends and neighbours in the predominantly Unionist village of Markethill, Co Armagh, where the 81-year-old titan of the peace process still lives.

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