We were saddened to hear of the passing of David Trimble, former First Minister of Northern Ireland, 1998-2002 and leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, 1995-2005.
David was a deserved winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his unique role as an architect in the Northern Ireland peace accords, known as the Good Friday Agreement.
He was a man of conviction, huge charm, a giant of unionism and great sense of humour. David’s warmth and smile touched many and he was perhaps one of the most consequential political leaders of the last century, whose life left an indelible mark.
David did not receive enough credit for his political bravery, but without the risks he took, there would not have been an agreement.
We should also remember that Lord Trimble was a strong friend of the State of Israel and a huge opponent of terror organisations, such as the PLO, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.