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Seamus Mallon's key role in 1998 Good Friday Agreement recalled in photo from talks

A photo of the SDLP negotiating team in the run-up to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Picture by Conall McDevitt/Twitter.
John Monaghan

SEAMUS Mallon's role in driving attempts to create a new era of power-sharing in the north has been recalled in a photograph shared by a former SDLP MLA.

Conall McDevitt, who was the party's director of communications during the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement, tweeted an image of the SDLP meeting room in Castle Buildings at Stormont, taken a couple of months before the historic deal.

He wrote: "The only senior negotiator missing is Mark Durkan. Seamus Mallon had the helm in the negotiations. Hume was in charge of the whole fleet. May Seamus, Eddie and Dorita RIP."

Mr McDevitt, who was tipped as a rising star within the party, was an MLA for South Belfast from 2010 before resigning his seat in 2013.

In his tribute to Mr Mallon, the former SDLP MLA said he sought "peace and prosperity" and "can rest in peace knowing he delivered".

"In life you meet some great people. Most of them are not famous. Seamus Mallon was great and famous. He sought to be neither. All he sought was peace and prosperity for his neighbours and our island. He can rest in peace knowing he delivered," said Mr McDevitt, who is currently the chief executive of PR firm Hume Brophy.

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