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William David Trimble was born on October 15, 1944 in Bangor, in the east of the British province of Northern Ireland. He obtained a law degree in 1968 from the University Queen’s of Belfast, where he later taught.
His political career began in the 1970s when he joined the unionist Vanguard Party, close to the paramilitaries. David Trimble then joined theUPPin 1978 and took the helm in 1995, five years after serving his first term as a member of the British Parliament in London.
In 1997, following the ceasefire with the Irish Republican Army (IRA), Mr Trimble was the first Unionist official to enter into a dialogue with Sinn Fein, the political wing of theIRA.
The following year he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts with Catholic leader John Hume to
find a peaceful solution to the unrest that shook Northern Ireland and left more than 3,500 dead. And it was his contribution to the Good Friday Peace Agreement with John Hume that won the Nobel Prize.
Once the peace accord that capped months of negotiations was signed, Mr Trimble tried to convince the Unionists to accept the historic compromise. He shook hands with lead singer of Irish rock band U2 Bono, then John Hume’s during a peace concert in Belfast. This contributed to the victory of the
yes in the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement.
David Trimble led the first power-sharing government to emerge from this agreement – and which ended more than three decades of clashes between Republicans (Catholics) in favor of the reunification of Ireland and Unionists ( Protestants) who defended the maintenance of the province of Northern Ireland within the British Crown.
However, power sharing has proven difficult. The issue of disarmamentIRA– entered into force in 2005 – led to the suspension of regional institutions on four occasions, as well as their complete suspension in October 2002.
He suffered a crushing defeat in the British general elections in 2005, and he then joined the Conservative Party and the House of Lords.
Mr Trimble, a staunch Brexit supporter, last year attacked the Northern Ireland Protocol which was to govern relations between the UK province and the Republic of Ireland – a member of the European Union.
Praise from Unionists and Republicans
Boris Johnson has paid tribute to David Trimble, a
giant of international and British politics.
David was a big figure, who was instrumental in getting the deal done [du Vendredi saint] and in the creation of today’s Northern Ireland. My thoughts are with his familyalso commented on Twitter the head of British diplomacy and candidate for the succession of Boris Johnson, Liz Truss.
Deeply saddened by the death of David Trimble, someone who played a crucial and courageous role in bringing peace to Northern IrelandIrish Prime Minister Micheal Martin reacted on Twitter.
David Trimble was a man of courage and vision. He chose to seize the opportunity for peace when it presented itself and sought to end the decades of violence that plagued his beloved Northern Irelandfor his part indicated the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Doug Beattie.
Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill sent her condolences to Mr Trimble’s family.
His very significant contribution to the peace process and his courage to help bring about the Good Friday Agreement leave a legacy a quarter of a century later that he and his family can be proud of.she wrote on Twitter.