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  • Writer's pictureGreg O'Loughlin

"A brighter, better future for everyone." Michelle O'Neill at GFA25 Conference

Day two of the Queens University Belfast Good Friday Agreement 25 conference is underway. The conference has brought together world leaders and political actors to reflect on the monumental achievement of The Good Friday Agreement and to look ahead at the work and commitments needed to ensure it continues to serve all the people of Ireland.

First Minister elect Michelle O'Neill had the opportunity to catch up with Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations. She said, "He has been steadfast in his support of the Good Friday Agreement throughout, and critical in reaching a deal and way forward with London. The EU remains a critical partner for peace and prosperity here."

She also had an opportunity to meet with the Chancellor of Queens University, Secretary Hillary Clinton, saying, "It was great to talk with Hillary Clinton on the role of women in peace-building at home and around the world. We must never take the precious gift of peace and the transformation of our society for granted. We must work together to make progress, and everyone of us has a role and responsibility to make politics work and deliver for all our people."

First Minister elect, O'Neill also met with students and other young people at the conference. She said, "Delighted to meet with some of the fantastic young people at the #GFA25 conference. This is what the Good Friday Agreement is about, ensuring that all our young people have access to the very best opportunities to prosper and flourish in life. Building a brighter, better future for everyone is my goal."

On a panel of leaders of political parties, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald reflects on her own personal recollection of the Good Friday Agreement, and the historic change that it delivered for all our people and communities. “The Good Friday Agreement was transformational for all of us.” Watch the video below.

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