The Good Friday Agreement - 22 years on
The Good Friday Agreement was signed 22 years ago today. It marked a new beginning for the people of Northern Ireland.
There's been highs and lows, so much has been achieved and yet fundamental commitments remain unfulfilled. We still don't have a bill of rights and we now know that the birthright to identify as and be accepted as Irish or British or both does not exist in UK law. That whilst Ireland amended its constitution and implemented this entitlement, the British Government did not, instead arguing that all the people of NI are British citizens & regarding being Irish as akin to being a GAA supporter.
Peacemakers envisaged a rights based society based on the principles of equality and mutual respect for all of us and it will take us all working together to see that work complete.