David Trimble, architect of peace in Northern Ireland, dies


David Trimble, architect of peace in Northern Ireland, dies

The former chief minister of < strong>Northern Ireland David Trimble, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his contribution to the Good Friday Agreement that led to peace to Northern Ireland, died this Monday at the age of 77.

As announced by his family in a statement, Trimble, which led & gué; the Ulster Unionist Party between 1995 and 2005, died; “peacefully after a short illness.”

Trimble's death comes nearly two years after that of Northern Ireland's other great peace architect, the former leader of the Irish Social Democratic and Labor Party. (SDLP) John Hume, who also received the Nobel along with his political opponent.

Trimble was the first person to serve as chief minister in the British province and since 2006, after losing his seat in the House of Commons (Lower), he was a member of the House of Lords (Upper). to go from integrating the hard wing of unionism in the 1970s to pushing unionism into a pact thatbrought peace to Ulster after decades of violence to the creation of the power-sharing Executive and the Stormont assembly.

His temperamental character and political tightrope won him overHe received much criticism from the unionist ranks themselves but they also made him a pragmatic politician with the ability to reach agreements.

Within unionism, many did not forgive Trimble to allow Sinn Féin, the political arm of the IRA, to normalize despite the fact that the terrorist organization had not even handed over its weapons.

The leader The current UUP leader, Doug Beattie, hung up on his phone. on his Twitter account a recent photo with Trimble and wrote & gué; the caption: “A political giant, a courageous politician, a staunch unionist and a friend.”

Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, for his part, he considered that history will remember Trimble as someone who “at a very difficult time, when we were trying to end 30 years of violence, stood his ground and put his name on the peace agreement.”


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