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‘We deserve better’: voices of the Good Friday generation

They grew up in the peace brokered 23 years ago but none would describe themselves as happy with Northern Ireland’s political situation now. Amanda Ferguson hears from eight people born in the year it all changed

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Bethany Moore on The Peace Bridge in Derry. Photo by Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye

Bethany Moore on The Peace Bridge in Derry. Photo by Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye

Rebecca Parke at Bushmills, Co Antrim. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Rebecca Parke at Bushmills, Co Antrim. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Shane Woods from Kircubbin in north Co Down

Shane Woods from Kircubbin in north Co Down

Bethany Moore from Derry. Photo by Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye

Bethany Moore from Derry. Photo by Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye

Rachel Donaghey from Derry but now living in England

Rachel Donaghey from Derry but now living in England

Emer Lavery in south Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes /Press Eye

Emer Lavery in south Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes /Press Eye

Eunan McGoldrick from Omagh. Photo by Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye

Eunan McGoldrick from Omagh. Photo by Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye

Kiera Oluwunmi from Co Derry and living in London

Kiera Oluwunmi from Co Derry and living in London

Asia Flynn in Ardglass, Co Down. Photo by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Asia Flynn in Ardglass, Co Down. Photo by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Amanda Ferguson

Amanda Ferguson

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Bethany Moore on The Peace Bridge in Derry. Photo by Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye

Good Friday 1998 was a day that changed the face of Northern Ireland. The agreement that created the power-sharing executive and ended decades of violence would have once seemed unthinkable. Nobody on either side of the Irish Sea will forget the wave of relief and hope that its announcement unleashed.

Of course, the system it created has not been without its flaws and breakdowns. In recent times, insecurities about the changing demographics and political landscape in the North, the strains of Covid and Brexit and the fallout from the Bobby Storey funeral have put the accommodation between the unionists and republicans at the top of government under growing pressure.


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