Noel Whelan: 20 things to remember about the Belfast Agreement

Good Friday 1998 was a day when politics achieved what was presumed impossible

Good Friday agreement: ill health has deprived us of the eloquence of John Hume (centre) in recent years, but the importance of his advocacy endures. Photograph: Alan Betson

Good Friday agreement: ill health has deprived us of the eloquence of John Hume (centre) in recent years, but the importance of his advocacy endures. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are 20 things worth remembering this week as we mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement.

1 Remember the voice of John Hume. For decades he delivered a “single transferable speech” about the need to unite people not places, about how violence damaged and divided Northern Ireland, and of how the EU had shown the way in reconciling one-time enemies. Ill health has deprived us of his eloquence in recent years, but the importance of his advocacy endures.

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