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MLAs to gather in tribute to inaugural first minister Lord Trimble

Northern Ireland’s political leaders will later return to Stormont for a special session to pay tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner David Trimble.

LAs will also observe a minute’s silence and sign a book of condolence to commemorate one of the key architects of the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Accords that ended decades of conflict in Northern Ireland.

Lord Trimble died last week of complications from illness at the age of 77.

The former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party shared the Nobel Prize with the late SDLP leader John Hume in recognition of their efforts to stop the bloodshed and establish a power-sharing system with decentralized governance in the region.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Lady Daphne Trimble after the funeral of former First Minister of Northern Ireland and UUP leader David Trimble on Monday (Liam McBurney/PA)

He then served as First Minister of Northern Ireland.

The Stormont institutions are currently in limbo as the DUP blocks the creation of a power-sharing administration in protest at Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Irish President Michael D Higgins were among the mourners who gathered at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church in Lisburn, Co Antrim on Monday for Lord Trimble’s funeral.

pastor dr. At the funeral service, Charles McMullen appealed to politicians to use the opportunity as inspiration to redouble their efforts to resolve their differences over protocol.

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Former Presbyterian Church moderator Charles McMullen appealed to politicians to settle their differences at Lord Trimble’s funeral (Liam McBurney/PA).

He said: “Today, as a fitting tribute to one of the greats, can we use this service to redouble our efforts on this island, our home?”

“May our leaders work wholeheartedly with courage, pragmatism and generosity to resolve the outstanding issues surrounding the Northern Ireland Protocol so that our democratic institutions are swiftly restored and we can all move forward together.”

A recall of the Assembly to try to choose a new Speaker was postponed last week following the death of Lord Trimble.

The recall session will now take place on Wednesday.

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