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The Long Road to Peace in Northern IrelandPeace Lectures from the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University$
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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310652

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314155

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Towards Peace in Northern Ireland1

Towards Peace in Northern Ireland1

(p.89) Towards Peace in Northern Ireland1
The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland

Senator George Mitchell


This chapter presents a speech by Senator George Mitchell, who was recognised for his work in Northern Ireland. Although it was himself, Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern, and President Clinton who were the key people pulling the parties to the Good Friday Agreement in the final stages, in his address Senator Mitchell paid tribute to those who had laid the groundwork, particularly Albert Reynolds and John Major. Senator Mitchell believes that there is no conflict which cannot be ended. He warns against letting the ‘men of violence’ destroy such efforts by saying in advance that negotiations will end if acts of violence occur, and, above all, he points to the abomination of the Omagh bombing of 15 August 1998 to show that there is no alternative to the peace process. As a seasoned negotiator, he emphasizes the need for patience, for peacemaking is a process.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, peace process, Senator George Mitchell, Good Friday Agreement, Omagh bombing

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