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Anglo-Irish agreement

Anglo-Irish agreement  

1985,signed at Hillsborough, Co. Down, on 15 November 1985, by Margaret Thatcher and the taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, Dr Garret FitzGerald. The agreement was intended to promote ...
David Trimble

David Trimble  

(b. 15 Oct. 1944).First Minister of Northern Ireland 1998–2001, 2002 Born in Belfast as a Protestant, he studied law and became an academic at the Queen's University, Belfast. A member of the Orange ...
Democratic Unionist Party

Democratic Unionist Party  

(DUP),Northern IrelandFormed in 1971 by Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal, the party is committed to Northern Ireland remaining part of the UK. The party stood firmly against Protestants sharing power ...
Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley  

(1926– )Northern Irish clergyman; First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2007. He became a minister of the Free Presbyterian Church in 1946, and its leader from 1951 to 2007. Paisley first became ...
John Hume

John Hume  

(1937– )Northern Irish politician, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (1979–2001). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 with David Trimble for his role in negotiating peace in ...
John Major

John Major  

(1943– )British Conservative politician; prime minister (1990–97).The son of a music-hall performer turned designer of garden ornaments, Major was born and brought up in south London. After the ...
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland  

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A unit of the United Kingdom comprising the six north-eastern counties of Ulster.Physical.Structurally, it is a south-westward extension of Scotland, separated by the North Channel of the Irish Sea. ...
Ulster Unionist Party

Ulster Unionist Party  

Political parties in Northern Ireland supporting maintenance of the union with the UK. In 1886 Lord Hartington and Joseph Chamberlain formed the Liberal Unionists, allying with the Conservatives and ...

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