I spoke in the Seanad on the Good Friday Agreement ahead of its 23rd anniversary

I spoke today in the Seanad on May 10th on the Good Friday Agreement – peace in our time was something that we dreamed about when on that historic day 23 years ago differences were put aside for a positive future with the Good Friday Agreement. Peace can never be taken for granted and we cannot spiral back to those dark days in Northern Ireland of sectarian murders and political discord. That is why this discussion is so important as we look at what is happening in the North at this time. We need to ensure that we never go back and I remember today all the work that women of the agreement did in the background for peace. Seamus Heaney spoke about the tidal wave of justice that once in a lifetime can rise up when hope and history rhyme.