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The Good Friday Agreement: 20 years of Peace and Progress in Northern Ireland

Hosted by the Consulate General of Ireland, Boston, the British Consulate General, Boston and the Irish Network Boston

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George Mitchell OHP

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:30 PM

This program marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, which continues to be the cornerstone of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland. Co-hosted by the Consulate General of Ireland, the British Consulate General and Irish Network Boston, the program featured a keynote address by Senator George Mitchell, the US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland during the pivotal period of 1995 to 2001, including the signing of the Agreement on April 10th, 1998.

Following Senator Mitchell’s address, a high-level panel discussion with representatives of the Irish and British Governments, Nationalist and Unionist communities in Northern Ireland and representatives of civil society reflected on the peace process, past and present, discussed key milestones in the journey of peace and reconciliation, and looked toward the future of the island of Ireland. This journey is of course an ongoing one, and the continued imperative to work to realize the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement formed part of the discussion.


  • Senator George Mitchell, U.S. Senator from 1980 – 1995; Senate Majority Leader from 1989 – 1995



  • President Marty Meehan, @MartyMeehan , President, University of Massachusetts
  • Sir Kim Darroch, @KimDarroch , Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States
  • Ambassador Sean O'Huiginn, Former Head of the Anglo-Irish Diplomacy of the Foreign Ministry from 1991 – 1997; Ambassador of Ireland to the US from 1997 – 2002
  • Dr. Steve Aiken, @SteveAikenUUP , Chief Whip, Ulster Unionist Party
  • Dr. Ofrit Liviatan, Lecturer on Law and Politics, Harvard University’s Department of Government
  • Mr. Mark Campbell, Business Representative, Senior Manager at Randox Laboratories
  • Ms. Shannon Quinn, Youth Representative, Student from Cookstown, Northern Ireland

IMAGES (Click to view Flickr album) The Good Friday Agreement: 20 years of Peace and Progress in Northern Ireland

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