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Northern Ireland Peace Process

The European Union has played a key role in the search for peace, reconciliation and prosperity in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland.

Through the years of violence and division, European leaders and institutions played a key role – in public and behind the scenes – in encouraging moves towards peace and a shared future based on equality and fairness.

Role of John Hume - The Nobel Peace Prize for 1998 was awarded to John Hume and David Trimble for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Over the past thirty years John Hume has throughout been the clearest and most consistent of Northern Ireland's political leaders in his work for a peaceful solution. The foundations of the peace agreement signed on Good Friday 1998 reflect principles which he has stood for. See here for further information.

In terms of the example provided by the EU John Hume has stated that ‘the European Union stands as the most vibrant testimony to the ideal that we are all better working with each other and for each other. Click here for more information.

Hear former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern talk about the role of the EU in the Northern Ireland Peace Process:

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