Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy has opened an online condolence book for the citizens of Dublin to express their condolences to the family of David Trimble (77) who died after a short illness last Monday. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate with the late John Hume, Mr Trimble played a key role in bringing about the Belfast Agreement – also known as the Good Friday Agreement – and subsequently became Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.
The condolence book is open online for one week, from Thursday July 28 to Thursday August 4. All messages of sympathy will be printed and forwarded in a condolence book to Mr. Trimble’s family.
Ms Conroy, a Green Party councillor, said she was ‘very saddened’ to hear of Mr Trimble’s passing and that his legacy ‘to bring peace and reconciliation to Northern Ireland should always be remembered and recognized . Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
The condolence book can be signed on the DublinCity.ie website.
A book of condolences was opened at Leinster House in Dublin on Wednesday, as Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl expressed sympathy to Mr Trimble’s family, friends and colleagues. He also said arrangements had been made for the Habs to fly at half mast over Leinster House on Monday as a sign of respect at Mr Trimble’s funeral.
“David Trimble’s legacy is the Good Friday Agreement and the peace enjoyed today in Northern Ireland and across the Island. He has shown true leadership and remarkable courage in the role he played on behalf of trade unionism in the negotiations that led to the agreement,” said Mr. Ó Fearghaíl.
Books of condolence were also opened at Belfast City Hall by Belfast Mayor Sinn Féin Councilor Tina Black, at Derry Guildhall by Derry Mayor Sinn Féin Councilor Strabane Sandra Duffy, while An online book of condolences has also been launched by the Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, DUP Councilor Paul Greenfield.
Mr Trimble’s funeral will take place at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church in Lisburn, Co Antrim at 12.30pm on Monday.