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Good Friday Agreement: The path to peace

The Good Friday Agreement is one of our proudest achievements.

Our new training programme tells the story of peace, the women and trade-unionists at its heart, and why the work to deliver on its promise goes on.

Why’s it so important? Watch this.

An education programme to build practical understanding of the Agreement and to discuss what it means to a new generation today

The Good Friday Agreement was one of the most progressive political acts of the last century, bringing peace and power sharing after years of conflict and stalemate.

The Good Friday Agreement was a starting point, not the finishing line and it is as relevant today as it was in 1998.

This education programme, designed for Labour Party members, provides information and brings the story of the Good Friday Agreement to life through a four-part webinar series and a new module on Labour’s e-learning platform Achieve.

In the webinars, we hear from those who were there at the time: from politicians, trade unions, civil society and the women’s movement. And we will hear from young people in Northern Ireland, to understand what it means to a new generation today and of the work that is still to be done to realise the promise of peace.

For Labour’s wider training and political education resources, click here.

Hear from Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Louise Haigh on why we’re launching the Good Friday Education Programme
Take our online e-Learning course, 'the Pathway to Peace'

Our course takes you through the context, contents and legacy of the Agreement

Our four-part webinar series on the story of the Good Friday Agreement

Thursday 21 January 6pm

Good Friday Agreement: The Path to Peace

The Good Friday Agreement is one of the most successful peace agreements ever negotiated. It ended decades of conflict, but the path to peace wasn’t easy – and many thought it would never happen.

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Louise Haigh MP and the University of Liverpool’s Professor Jon Tonge discuss ‘The Path to Peace’ with former Northern Ireland Minister Lord Alf Dubs and former Secretary of State Lord Paul Murphy.

In this webinar they discuss why the Good Friday Agreement was so important, how it was achieved, and why it is as important today as it was in 1998.

Watch a recording of this session 

Thursday 18 February 6pm 

Good Friday Agreement: Women, Trade Unions and Civil Society

The Good Friday Agreement was negotiated by politicians and governments at Stormont, but a lot of its content came from the women’s movement, trade unions and civil society. That included a focus on human rights and equality.

In this session, Lou Haigh MP and Professor Jon Tonge are joined by Monica McWilliams who led the negotiations for the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, and Avila Kilmurray who was also a founding member of the Women’s Coalition and the first all-Ireland Women’s Officer for Unite the Union.

Watch a recording of this session 

Thursday 25 March 6pm

Good Friday Agreement: The Peace Generation

On accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, the former SDLP leader John Hume said people persevered for peace ‘so that our children could look to the future with a smile of hope. The Good Friday Agreement has the greatest impact on the generation born immediately after its signing – a generation now coming of age.

In this session, we hear directly from the ‘The Peace Generation’ with young leaders representative of all corners and communities in Northern Ireland on what the Good Friday Agreement means to a new generation. They include Tara Grace Connolly, Ireland UN Youth Representative, Aron Hughes from the all-island peace building organisation Cooperation Ireland, Chris Swann, Student and Youth Officer of Labour Party Irish and Kane Emerson who is Youth Officer for Islington South CLP.

Watch a recording of this session 

New date to be confirmed

Good Friday Agreement: Looking to the future

The Good Friday Agreement was a starting point, not the finishing line. The Labour Party is proud of its role in helping to achieve it and must be equally as committed to protecting it.

In this final webinar, to coincide with the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, we will review highlights from the discussions we’ve had, and ask what we can learn and take forward.

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Louise Haigh MP and the University of Liverpool’s Professor Jon Tonge will discuss ‘Looking to the future’, with special guests – to be announced!

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