25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

“On this anniversary, the people of Northern Ireland and all their friends around the world have much to celebrate. I hope this moment of shared memory will allow them to continue the work of peace and inspire others to believe, as Heaney wrote, in “miracles / And cures and healing wells” and find their own way forward.”

—President Bill Clinton

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

In April, President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Northern Ireland to mark the 25th anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement — to look back at the long road to peace, to reflect on where we are today, and to call for the rededication to the work of reconciliation that remains.

Read President Clinton's Op-Ed in the Washington Post

“Why has peace endured in Northern Ireland? Hope and history rhymed.” View the op-ed and photo collection.

Hope and history rhyme.

In 1995, on his first trip to Northern Ireland, President Bill Clinton closed his speech to the people of Londonderry with the words of poet Seamus Heaney.

The next day, the Nobel Prize-winner presented President Clinton with this inscription of his poem, A Chorus.

The letter, which hangs in his home, is one of his most treasured possessions.

On This Day: April 10, 1998

Throughout his administration, President Clinton was deeply involved in the peace-making process in Northern Ireland. On April 10, 1998, after several years, the Good Friday Agreement was signed with overwhelming public support, ending the conflict in Northern Ireland and establishing a Northern Ireland Assembly.

Project 42

Project 42 applies the enduring lessons of President Clinton’s lifetime of public service to the challenges of today. Learn more.

In Photos



President Clinton stands in the doorway of a bookstore while greeting an individual with a handshake
President Clinton shakes hands in a crowd outside
President Clinton shakes hands of students gathered outside
Secretary Clinton sits during a media interview
President and Secretary Clinton pose for a picture
Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Bill Clinton, and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern speak with Christane Amanpour
President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand outside during the unveiling of a bust of Senator George Mitchell
Secretary Clinton walks outside with a group of students
Secretary Clinton looks on as a student previews an educational project