His family released a short statement saying that he “passed away after a short illness”. BBC Northern Ireland political editor Enda McClafferty stated on Twitter: “Lord Trimble has passed away following a short illness, his family has just confirmed.” Lord Trimble was the unionist who led his party to the negotiating table at Stormont and described the Good Friday Agreement as his greatest achievement.
It has been reported that he died, aged 77, after a short illness.
A statement from his family read: “It is with great sadness that the family of Lord Trimble announce that he passed away peacefully earlier today following a short illness.”
Lord Trimble was the First Minister of Northern Ireland after the ratification of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
At that time, Seamus Mallon, who was the leader of the SDLP, was Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.
The two were succeeded by Ian Paisley of the DUP and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein, who became the First and Deputy First Ministers, and were also referred to as “the chuckle brothers”, because of their surprising friendship.
Lord Trimble played an important role in the formation of the Good Friday Agreement, acting on behalf of the Unionist people of Northern Ireland.
For his efforts, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, alongside John Hume, the leader of the SDLP.