George Mitchell addresses Good Friday Agreement Committee of the Oireachtas
April 27, 2012
Today the All-Ireland, Good Friday Agreement Committee of the Oireachtas hosted as meeting with Senator George Mitchell.
Pat Doherty MP led a Sinn Féin delegation that included Martin Ferris TD, Gerry Adams TD, Sean Crowe TD, Paul Maskey MP and Michelle Gildernew MP.
Speaking after the meeting, Pat Doherty MP, said:
“It was a privilege to welcome Senator George Mitchell to the All-Ireland, Good Friday Agreement today. As always the senator’s contribution was informative and thought provoking.”
At the meeting the Sinn Féin representatives raised issues relating to conflict resolution processes in the Middle East and the Basque County. “We also raised the issue of how to further develop the potential of the Good Friday Agreement to deliver constitutional change and reunification.
“The senator highlighted from his experience the central need for dialogue, for the peaceful pursuit of political aims, for agreement and for the political leadership to deliver on agreements made.
“These lessons continue to underpin the Irish peace process and to inform the work of conflict resolution processes across the global. Sinn Féin believes that an agreement struck must be an agreement implemented.
“The challenge we all now face is to use the agreement made on Good Friday 1998, to further the process of national unification and reconciliation.”