Marking 25 years since the signing of the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement
The 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and the Assembly is a significant milestone which should be marked...While there have undoubtedly been many difficulties and frustrations in the time that has passed, this 25th anniversary is an opportunity to both reflect on what has been achieved, including a predominantly peaceful society, focus on the work that remains to be done, and to look ahead to the future.
Alex Maskey, The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
25th Anniversary Ceremony
On 7 April 2023, the Speaker, Alex Maskey hosted a ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The event included memories and reflections from some of the key participants in the 1998 negotiations, including former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Gerry Adams, Mark Durkan, Lord Empey, Billy Hutchinson, and Professor Monica McWilliams. Video reflections were shared by Senator George Mitchell, Lord Paul Murphy and Lord Alderdice. Members of the Northern Ireland Youth Assembly also took part in the ceremony and there were musical performances from Belfast School of Performing Arts and Dana Masters.
Colin Davidson's "Silent Testimony" exhibition was on display in the Long Gallery during the month of April.
Find out more about the exhibition from the artist himself...
The Assembly's Research and Information Services (RaISe) delivered a seminar series reflecting on the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement at 25. Academic presenters drew on their areas of study, while reflecting on the Agreement in relation to a number of key themes.
The seminars ran from 26 April and finished on 14 June 2023. Videos, presentations and briefing papers from all of the seminars are now available and audio recordings are being published as part of the current Assembly Podcast series.
Video Tour of Parliament Buildings
Take a look around Parliament Buildings home of the Northern Ireland Assembly
The video includes subtitles in both English and Irish. Just click on the "CC" button to switch on your preferred language. The video tour is also available with BSL and ISL sign language interpretation.
Useful information for Visitors to Parliament Buildings
Planning your visit
Wheelchair access to Parliament Buildings is via ramps at the front, east and west entrances. Parking for blue badge holders is available in the upper car park.
Please phone 028 9052 1900 to ensure availability before your visit.