The Belfast Agreement on view at Omagh, Belfast Central and Derry Central libraries

The Belfast Agreement on view at Omagh, Belfast Central and Derry Central libraries
Published 11 May 2023

Good Friday Agreement

Photo Credit: Press Eye/PRONI

Also known as the Good Friday Agreement, the historic treaty, will be available for members of the public to view at Omagh, Derry Central and Belfast Central libraries during key dates in May.

The original UK Government’s signed copy of the Agreement features the signatories of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, the late Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlam and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews – the 54-page document to go on display.

It is on loan from The National Archives (UK) to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Agreement and after making its first public appearance in Northern Ireland at PRONI, it is now touring local venues.

Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive said:

“This is a unique opportunity for people to view this historic document and I am delighted we are able to provide access to it in a number of our libraries.  Libraries provide a welcoming environment in the community and whilst in the library people will also be able to connect with other resources such as books, newspaper archives and microfilm all of which provide a wealth of local heritage information.”      

Access to view the document will be controlled in 10 minute slots throughout the day with 4 people allowed in to the room at any time.

15 May – Omagh Library – Telephone  028 8244 0733 to book a place (book your slot before 4:00pm on Saturday 13 May)

16 May – Belfast Central Library – spaces can be booked via Evenbrite The Belfast Agreement on view at Belfast Central Library Tickets, Tue 16 May 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

30 May – Derry Central Library – Telephone 028 7122 9990 to book a place

 

Notes to editors: 

  • Photo captions: The original UK Government’s signed copy of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement showing the signatories of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, the late Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlam and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews. Photo Credit: Press Eye/PRONI
  • Any filming or photography requests must be made through press@librariesni.org.uk 
  • ‘The National Archives’ must be credited as lenders on any film where the loan items are the subject of discussion or close-up.
  • No document shall be removed from display for filming or photographic purposes, and any bright lighting must be kept to a minimum and for a minimum duration.
  • No flash photography of the Loan Items is permitted at any press or display events. It is the responsibility of third Parties wishing to reproduce an image of the Loan Items in print for commercial purposes to check the copyright position with the TNA Image Library (https://images.nationalarchives.gov.uk)