Seamus Mallon Good Friday Agreement

If SDLP leader John Hume was the architect of this arrangement, then his deputy, Seamus Mallon, was the careful builder. In June 1996, all-party negotiations, known as Stormont Talks, began in the Parliament Buildings at Stormont Castle. Mallon described these discussions as “Sunningdale for Slow Learners,” a reference to the ultimately unsuccessful December 1973 agreement. Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach, said: “History will remember Seamus as the architect of the Good Friday Agreement, as a committed peacemaker and tireless advocate of an inclusive Ireland.” Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called Mallon “the architect of the Good Friday Agreement.” But the implementation of power-sharing has not been smooth, as David McKittrick wrote in The Independent in July 1999: “This should represent a new beginning, both real and symbolic, showing that old enemies can sink their differences with the common good. Sinn Fein appeared at the altar, but the Unionist groom was absent. Frustrated by delays in the implementation of the agreement, Mallon resigned and, in his resignation speech, launched a scathing attack on the Ulster Unionists: “They are taking advantage of this crisis to bleed more concessions from governments, precisely to bleed this process. They are dishonouring the agreement. They insult their principles. Soon after, “unresign.” He described the 1998 Good Friday Agreement as “Sunningdale for Slow Learners” – a decomposing rebuke to extremists on both sides who brought down the Sunningdale Accords in 1973 and prolonged the riots and cost thousands of lives. Former US President Bill Clinton, whose practical role was essential in ending the conflict that has killed some 3,600 people, called Mallon a hero of the Northern Ireland peace process and a deeply good man. BELFAST (Reuters) – Former Northern Ireland deputy prime minister Seamus Mallon, one of the architects of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, died on Friday at the age of 83. by taking tributes from a political divide, he helped bridge the gap. Deputy First Prime Minister Séamus Mallon in Northern Ireland downplayed his key role in the peace process and said he had “done some things wrong,” but he hoped he had done the right thing in a poignant interview with last year. He felt that the then Prime Minister, David Trimble, was violating the agreement by insisting on the decommissioning of weapons. Former US President Bill Clinton, who played a key role in the Good Friday agreement, hailed Mallon as a “hero of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland” and “a profoundly good man.”