25 Years of the Good Friday Agreement

2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

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.

Tánaiste’s Message

British Prime Minister Tony Blair (R), US Senator George Mitchell (C) and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern (L) smiling on 10 April 1998. (Photo by DAN CHUNG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

About the Good Friday Agreement

The Good Friday Agreement and its continuing impact.

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.

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

In particular, the longstanding friendship and commitment of the United States of America has always been a force driving forward our journey towards peace. This underpinned an intensive partnership for peacebuilding that transformed the lives of the people of Northern Ireland and right across the island.

On this 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, we recognise and appreciate ongoing US and international support for the peace process in Northern Ireland.

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