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David Trimble has died



  • Registered Users Posts: 506 ✭✭✭asdfg87

    A man who had the courage to tell his own people "you are wrong"

  • Registered Users Posts: 63,469 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady

    Gained my respect for being one of the peace makers although like Arlene he seemed to get more extreme after retirement. RIP David.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,692 ✭✭✭✭Spanish Eyes

    I have always had a good feeling about him in the overall pantheon of NI politics. May he rest in peace, he helped bring peace.

    This pic taken recently shows how gaunt he had become. Am I the only one who thinks that the portrait bears little or no resemblance to him?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,123 ✭✭✭Furze99

    Sorry to hear that and may he rest in peace. No one is without fault but he was overall a man willing and prepared to lead in a constructive direction.

    It's a pity the likes of David T & John H etc and their respective parties were subsequently sidelined by the hardliners on both sides.

  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭batman75

    Trimble walking down the Garvaghy road with Paisley must be one of the most iconic images of the past 100 years in Northern Ireland. He and Hume deserved their Nobel peace prize. I think the Garvaghy Road incident was triumphalism at it's worst but on the whole he was a force for good in Northern Ireland and I think history will be kind to him.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 47,445 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    i know a few people up north (northern catholics, not exactly nationalists) who gave him credit in hindsight for the whole garvaghy road drama; saying that without having done that, he would not have had the clout within the unionist community to actually manage to get the peace process across the line.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,464 ✭✭✭buried

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

    "You have disgraced yourselves again" - W. B. Yeats

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,242 ✭✭✭brokenangel

    Hume and Trimble are the main reasons for the GFA and peace process


  • Registered Users Posts: 765 ✭✭✭mazdamiatamx5

    RIP. One of the architects of the peace process, along with Albert Reynolds, John Major, John Hume and to be fair Tony Blair.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,118 ✭✭✭PropJoe10

    A good man. Contributed a huge amount to bringing peace to NI, along with John Hume.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,650 ✭✭✭✭padd b1975

    Not exactly a warm individual, but you can't but acknowledge his political courage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 191 ✭✭XLR 8

    I often wondered what had become of him. He was and should be remembered as an architect of peace. May he now rest in peace.

  • Registered Users Posts: 796 ✭✭✭Eduard Khil

    Stood up to Maggie Thatcher more than once RIP

  • God Rest Him

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,521 ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh

    I can recall when he was elected as leader of the UUP. There was a sense of fear in the South, as he was seen as a Unionist hardliner. He always struck me as an intelligent and sensible man.

    RIP David, history will remember you well.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,106 ✭✭✭Charles Babbage

    Enough of a hardliner to be accepted as a leader, he had the courage to do what had to be done in 1998. I never understood how he could work to wreck his own agreement with his stance on Brexit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,521 ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh

    David Ervine too stood out as a sensible character who would have been valuable in resolving the problem.

  • Registered Users Posts: 63,469 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady

    Point of order: Seamus Mallon was not a leader. He was only ever a deputy leader of the SDLP

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 64,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Served as DFM.

    McGuinness who was DFM later on has also died of course.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,554 ✭✭✭Cluedo Monopoly

    Helped bring peace to the island. RIP.

    What are they doing in the Hyacinth House?

  • Registered Users Posts: 81,952 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

  • Registered Users Posts: 36,495 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009

    RIP to him

    Didn't he insult the country back in the 90s ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,246 ✭✭✭Xander10

  • Registered Users Posts: 36,495 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009

    Ourselves (Ireland)

    Vaguely remember it was a few weeks before he got an honour of some sort in Waterford

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭Mrcaramelchoc

    God rest him but the worst thing about him dying is bertie gets more airtime and print space. The rat.