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 William David Trimble

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William David Trimble Famous memorial

Birth
Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland
Death
25 Jul 2022 (aged 77)
Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland
Burial
Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Memorial ID
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Nobel Laureate Northern Irish Statesman. He was best known, along with John Hume, for the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, that aimed to restore self-governance for Northern Ireland. He later served as the 1st First Minister of Northern Ireland from July 1, 1998 to October 14, 2002. During his tenure as a professor of law at Queen's University of Belfast, he was elected to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention for the Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party (VUPP) in 1975. The VUPP opposed direct rule of Northern Ireland by the British government and pushed for stringent measures against the Irish Republican Army (IRA). He later became deputy leader of the party, supporting a coalition with the Social Democratic and Labour Party. In 1977, he joined the Official (now Ulster) Unionist Party, and later became an executive member of the UUP. In 1990, he was elected to the British parliament and went on to serve until 2005. He later succeeded James Molyneaux as leader of the UUP in 1995. Despite his association with hard-line unionists like Ian Paisley, he represented the UUP in multi-party talks in 1997 that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement a year later. This agreement aimed to restore self-governance in Northern Ireland and was later approved by the citizens of Northern Ireland in a referenda. In an election for a new Northern Ireland Assembly, the UUP won the largest number of seats and he became the first First Minister. He, along with David Hume, the leader of SDLP, was awarded the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for bringing forth the Good Friday Agreement. He went on to serve as First Minister until 2002, when the British government suspended the Northern Ireland Assembly. He stayed on as the UUP's leader until 2005, when he lost his seat in the British House of Commons. A year later, he was elevated to the House of Lords. In 2007, he left the UUP and joined the Conservative Party.

Nobel Laureate Northern Irish Statesman. He was best known, along with John Hume, for the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, that aimed to restore self-governance for Northern Ireland. He later served as the 1st First Minister of Northern Ireland from July 1, 1998 to October 14, 2002. During his tenure as a professor of law at Queen's University of Belfast, he was elected to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention for the Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party (VUPP) in 1975. The VUPP opposed direct rule of Northern Ireland by the British government and pushed for stringent measures against the Irish Republican Army (IRA). He later became deputy leader of the party, supporting a coalition with the Social Democratic and Labour Party. In 1977, he joined the Official (now Ulster) Unionist Party, and later became an executive member of the UUP. In 1990, he was elected to the British parliament and went on to serve until 2005. He later succeeded James Molyneaux as leader of the UUP in 1995. Despite his association with hard-line unionists like Ian Paisley, he represented the UUP in multi-party talks in 1997 that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement a year later. This agreement aimed to restore self-governance in Northern Ireland and was later approved by the citizens of Northern Ireland in a referenda. In an election for a new Northern Ireland Assembly, the UUP won the largest number of seats and he became the first First Minister. He, along with David Hume, the leader of SDLP, was awarded the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for bringing forth the Good Friday Agreement. He went on to serve as First Minister until 2002, when the British government suspended the Northern Ireland Assembly. He stayed on as the UUP's leader until 2005, when he lost his seat in the British House of Commons. A year later, he was elevated to the House of Lords. In 2007, he left the UUP and joined the Conservative Party.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye

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