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Kearney to attend US Conference marking 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement

29 November, 2018 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney, is today travelling to Yale University in the United States to participate in a conference entitled “Twenty Years of Peace: Progress and Possibilities in Northern Ireland.” 

The Conference at Yale follows on from Queen’s University’s Building Peace event which marked 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement. 

Other participants include George Mitchell, Bertie Ahern, Jonathan Powell, Andrew Sens, John de Chastelain and representatives from other Irish political parties.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Declan Kearney commented:

“This conference will bring together some of the key figures involved in the development of the Irish peace process and academics to examine the current context twenty years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

"It illustrates the international significance and standing of the Good Friday Agreement at a time when the spirit of that Agreement is under attack.

"It also provides an opportunity to highlight the elements of the Agreement which have still not been implemented and to further explore the reasons why the political institutions established under the Good Friday Agreement collapsed in 2017 and remain in crisis today as a result of the anti rights agenda of political unionism.

"Sinn Féin will continue to defend the Good Friday Agreement and press for a restoration of its political institutions on a rights and equality based agenda.”

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