David Trimble

David Trimble (born 1944), a politician from Northern Ireland, was a key architect of the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement. Trimble and fellow politician, John Hume, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland.

David Trimble led the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), the key Northern Ireland Protestant party supporting the maintenance of Ulster’s ties to London. In 1998 he became the First Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly, or the head of the autonomous government of the province created under the Good Friday Agreement. A member of the UUP delegation in all-party talks in the early 1990s, Mr Trimble was elected the Party’s Leader in 1995. Two years later he became the first Unionist leader to agree to negotiate with the Irish Republican party Sinn Fein. David Trimble served in the House of Commons from 1990 to 2005. In 2006 he was awarded a Life Peerage in the House of Lords.

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July 14, 2014