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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Lord David Trimble

Date: Mon 25th Jul, 2022 | 21:00

As President of Ireland, I wish to express my deep sadness at hearing of the news of the passing of David Trimble, former First Minister of Northern Ireland and former Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. Sabina joins me in expressing our profound sympathy to Mrs. Daphne Trimble and to all of David’s family, friends and colleagues.

Lord David Trimble will be remembered for a life of public service, and of course for his most significant contribution to the work for peace on our island.

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, together with John Hume, following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement almost 25 years ago, was part of the recognition by so many of their work for peace. 

David Trimble’s dedication and courage, often during the most challenging times, has earned him a distinguished and deserved place in our history books.  His work leaves a true legacy on the necessity and value of peace on our shared island for future generations.