ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARD OF NOBEL PEACE PRIZE TO
JOHN HUME AND DAVID TRIMBLE
STATEMENT BY MOST REV. SEÁN BRADY
ARCHBISHOP OF ARMAGH
16 OCTOBER, 1998
I am delighted to hear the news that John Hume and David Trimble have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1998 and I congratulate them.
It is a well-deserved recognition of their outstanding work for the cause of peace and of their part in bringing about the Good Friday Agreement. Their belief that an honourable and fair peace is possible has inspired them and many others to work tirelessly to achieve that goal.
The award is also a tribute to countless other people who have taken risks for peace and who continue to build the trust that is essential to any lasting settlement.
On of the aims of the Prize is to encourage others to follow the example of the winners. I hope this will help to convince those who have still to be convinced that the Good Friday Agreement is the best way forward.
That Agreement lit the light of hope in many hearts. It challenges us all to walk together the road to greater understanding and to help each other and to rely on each other to build a better future for ourselves and for those who come after us. David Trimble and John Hume have signalled the way. Let none be afraid to follow.