Image: Maurice Harron

25 Years of the Good Friday Agreement

2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

Image: Maurice Harron

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

25 years ago, in Belfast, the Good Friday Agreement was signed on 10 April 1998, bringing to an end three decades of violence, and establishing inclusive, democratic power sharing institutions.

The Agreement transformed relationships across these islands and gave us new ways to work together and understand one another – within Northern Ireland, East-West, and North South. This framework remains at the heart of how the Government of Ireland approaches its responsibilities as a co-guarantor of the Agreement.

On this 25th anniversary, we remain profoundly committed to peace and reconciliation and to fully realising the promise, values and vision of the Good Friday Agreement.

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About the Good Friday Agreement

The Good Friday Agreement and its continuing impact.

[Pictured: Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (left), US Senator George Mitchell (centre) and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair (right) signing the agreement in Belfast on 10 April 1998]

Mary McAleese former president casting her vote


A new beginning

Thanks to the Good Friday Agreement, signed on 10 April 1998, an entire generation on the island of Ireland has grown up free from the shadow of violence.

A new beginning | 25 years of the Good Friday Agreement in pictures.

A new beginning | In pictures Tús nua | 25 bliain de Chomhaontú Aoine an Chéasta
Reconciliation - Hands Across The Divide, Maurice Harron, Derry - Photographer/Creator: Gardiner Mitchell C/O Tourism Ireland

The Reconciliation Fund

The Government of Ireland’s commitment to support peace and reconciliation.

Exterior of the Abbey Theatre at night.

Sharing Peace, Sharing Futures

The Government’s Good Friday Agreement 25th Anniversary cultural event in the Abbey Theatre on Sunday, 2 April 2023.

Good Friday Agreement logo

Events to mark the anniversary

A variety of events marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement will take place during 2023.

Derry skyline with bridge and clocktower

Our partners in peace

Peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland would not have been possible without the steadfast commitment and support of the international community.

Good Friday Agreement 25 logo with gold stripes representing the three strands