He said: "That's why Jeremy Corbyn was amongst a handful who voted against the Anglo-Irish Agreement
in 1985 and why John McDonnell opposed setting up a power-sharing assembly which eventually became the Good Friday Agreement."
His persistence in advocating dialogue and engagement as a means of resolving complicated issues and differences dividing the Catholic/Nationalist community and the Protestant/Unionist community was central to shaping and advancing the peace process, from the landmark Anglo-Irish Agreement
of 1985 to the historic Good Friday Agreement of 1998.
PM Margaret Thatcher and Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement
at Hillsborough Castle.
The aim of Ulster Resistance, set up by a collection of people who went on to be prominent DUP politicians, was to "take direct action as and when required" to end the Anglo-Irish Agreement
The EPU index captures major events from the past including the Anglo-Irish Agreement
, the Belfast Agreement, and the Gulf Wars.
The newly released material continues to chart developments arising from the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement
back in November 1985.
MARGARET Thatcher believed the Anglo-Irish Agreement
gave the Irish government all the glory and none of the problems, papers have revealed.
He played a key role in orchestrating the Ulster Work-Work ers' Council Strike which brought Northern Ireland to a standstill in 1974 and was vehemently opposed to the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement
and accused the British prime minister Margaret Thatcher of a betrayal of unionists after she signed the deal which gave the Irish government an advisory role in Northern Ireland.
Besides providing concise narratives covering key periods such as the civil rights era, the first power sharing experiments of the early 1970s, the Anglo-Irish Agreement
and the Good Friday Agreement, the work includes a detailed chronology of events, outline biographies of key people on all sides of the conflict and large list of important sources for further reading.
It was a success rooted in and built on the foundation that Garret FitzGerald himself laid with the Anglo-Irish Agreement
back in 1985.
He had resigned five years earlier as a Treasury minister over the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement
, which gave Dublin a role in Northern Ireland for the first time in more than 60 years.
1985 - Anglo-Irish Agreement
introduced giving Dublin some say in Ulster affairs.