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Press Statement from The Speaker on The Death of Lord Trimble

Session: Session currently unavailable

Date: 25 July 2022

Reference: SO 02/22/23

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex Maskey said:

“I was very sorry to hear of the death of Lord Trimble.  David and I worked together through many challenging times, the high point being the Good Friday Agreement.  We were colleagues in the first Assembly in 1998 in what was a very different Assembly Chamber from today.  He undoubtedly took difficult decisions in difficult circumstances throughout this period and played a huge part in the peace process.  However, I am particularly mindful of his wife Daphne and his family who are mourning the loss of a husband and father.”

“I have engaged with party whips this evening and parties are all agreed that it would be inappropriate to hold the scheduled recall of the Assembly tomorrow.  I intend to defer tomorrow’s sitting of the Assembly to a later date.  I will also be making provision for Assembly Members to formally offer their condolences and pay tribute to Lord Trimble as a former First Minister; I will announce further details when arrangements have been confirmed.”

ENDS

 

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