Belfast Mayor Tom Hartley interview on CBC Radio One’s The Current
From CBC Radio One
The Current – Part 2: Belfast Mayor
We started this segment with a clip from the news 11 years ago this week, as Catholic Sinn Fein and the Protestant Ulster Unionist Party set aside their substantial differences and signed the Good Friday Agreement. There was a lot of hope that day as the six counties of Northern Ireland began to try to build a new and peaceful future.
Even so, the last 11 years have seen political set-backs, accusations of bad faith and — as we saw last month with the killing of two British soldiers — the occasional return to violence.
Tom Hartley has witnessed a lot of Northern Ireland’s history first hand. He’s also made a little of it himself. He is a long-time Sinn Fein activist and now the Mayor of Belfast. He’s traveling in Canada this week to try to strengthen ties between Canada and Belfast. And Tom Hartley was in Toronto this morning.
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