‘A Passion For Peace’


Seamus Mallon in 1998

This afternoon.

Seamus Mallon, former SDLP deputy leader and one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, has died.


Seamus Mallon, former deputy leader of the SDLP, dies (BBC)

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

“Seamus Mallon was a force of nature.

In the darkest days of conflict, when hope was in short supply, Seamus represented the fierce thirst for justice that ran through the SDLP and through communities that had lost so much to political violence.

His passion for peace underpinned by truth, justice and reconciliation came from a lifetime as a proud son of Markethill where he was born, grew up and raised his own family.

It didn’t matter who you were, where you worshiped or what your politics were, there was always help to be found at Seamus’ hearth.”

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood

SDLP Leader pays tribute to the life and legacy of Seamus Mallon (SDLP)

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7 thoughts on “‘A Passion For Peace’

  1. RuilleBuille

    Where is this ‘architect of the Good Friday Agreement’ coming from? He fought against Hume and Adams every inch of the way. He opposed the GFA until it was voted on.

    1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

      IIRC he was concerned that a 51%- 49% vote on a border poll with the nationalist side winning would be very destabilising and could lead to more violence.

    2. Scundered

      Still, let’s not get blinded by the outrageous hypocrisy of what you say, Adams spent his days at the top of an organisation that killed thousands of innocents, Seamus didn’t, the people who lived in the north would certainly see Seamus as a man for peace moreso than Adams. There was no blood on the hands of Seamus. He was respected.

      Rest in peace.

  2. Ringsend Incinerator

    As a human being, family member, with friends – RIP and condolences.

    Politically – he should have been decommissioned long before his bitterness soured his legacy. He was no GFA architect.

    But then, neither was Colum Eastwood.

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