Seamus Mallon interview by Tommie Gorman
Seamus Mallon, from Markethill in County Armagh (where he still lives), was Deputy Leader of the SDLP from 1979 to 2001 and party spokesman on policing and justice. He was Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001, MP for Newry and Armagh from 1986 to 2005, and a member of Seanad Éireann in 1982. He was the SDLP’s chief negotiator in the talks that led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He also framed legislation in the Westminster parliament that pushed for full implementation of the Patten Commission’s recommendations on police reform in the North – one of the major success stories of the peace process.
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