Former Sligo Sinn Fein councillor recalls role in Good Friday negotiations

A former Sligo mayor who played a key part in the negotiations that led to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement twenty years ago says he fears its significance may be lost on some people today.

Sean MacManus, who was a member of the Sinn Fein team involved in the discussions at the time, says young people need to be reminded that when the agreement was signed it was international news.

It effectively brought to an end decades of violence in Northern Ireland, in which more than 3,500 people died.

Today, many of those who were involved at the time are back in Northern Ireland to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the agreement.

Earlier today, Mr MacManus, who’s now retired from politics, told Ocean FM News of his thoughts on that historic occasion two decades ago:

Mr MacManus also spoke about the challenges facing Northern Ireland today — particularly in relation to Brexit and the ongoing failure to get the normal political process at Stormont up and running again: