Bertie Ahern to give evidence to NI Affairs Committee Good Friday Agreement Inquiry
20 January 2023
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, one of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process, will give evidence in Westminster to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee for their inquiry into the performance of the institutions created by the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.
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- Inquiry: The effectiveness of the institutions of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement
- Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Monday 23 January, Wilson Room, Portcullis House
- Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (1997-2008)
Ahern was a key figure in the negotiations of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement that is credited with bringing an end to the decades-long violence of the Troubles, signing the accord with Tony Blair in 1998.
The Committee will ask about the circumstances and events that led to multi-party agreement and how the institutions of the Agreement were formulated. It will also ask to what extent those institutions have delivered stable, effective and cross-community government in Northern Ireland.
Mr Ahern will likely be asked the reflect on past 25 years, whether there has been sufficient effort across multiple jurisdictions to educate citizens on the Agreement, and what reforms could be made to its institutions in future.
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