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The John and Pat Hume Foundation are hosting a seminar on ‘The Sunningdale Agreement – 50 years on'. This event, organised in association with the Sir Edward Heath Foundation, will reflect on the Sunningdale Agreement - 50 years on with views from key diplomats involved in the Sunningdale negotiations, people involved in the power sharing executive and grassroots voices.

The Sunningdale Agreement, signed in December 1973, led to the establishment of a power-sharing executive between nationalist and unionist parties in Northern Ireland and cooperation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The agreement collapsed in May 1974 due to unionist opposition, violence, and the Loyalist Workers strike.

The Sunningdale Agreement is often seen as a precursor to the Good Friday Agreement, which successfully established a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.


Speakers include:

  • Sean Donlon, distinguished Irish official and former Ambassador to the United States who played a central role in the Sunningdale Agreement.
  • Noel Dorr, the former Irish diplomat and author of Sunningdale: the search for peace in Northern Ireland
  • Hugh Logue, civil rights activist and member of Northern Ireland Assembly in 1973
  • Chris McCabe former senior NIO official Assistant Private Secretary to the Chief Minister of Northern Ireland, Brian Faulkner in December 1973.
  • Bríd Rodgers, civil rights campaigner, SDLP MLA, key negotiator in GFA negotiations and former Minister for Agriculture.
  • Dawn Purvis, Chair of the John and Pat Hume Foundation
  • Eileen Weir, peace and community activist on Shankill Road
  • Lord Paul Bew, Cross bench Peer and Emeritus Professor of Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Geoffrey Martin, former Head of the Representation of the European Commission in the United Kingdom
  • Professor Duncan Morrow, Director of Community Engagement, Ulster University

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Tuesday 28 May

2pm to 5pm