The Good Friday Agreement at 20: George Mitchell talks to Marion McKeone

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Senator George Mitchell attends the 2017 Spirit of Ireland Gala in New York Pic: WireImage

A seasoned veteran of US politics, George Mitchell needed all his reserves of patience and diplomacy to nurse both sides through the tortuous talks that gave birth to the Good Friday Agreement

When George Mitchell arrives at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington DC, the slight, dapper former diplomat causes something of a stir. It’s surprising, in this moshpit of greying political power brokers and brash young congressional aides, that the arrival of one more Washington suit, even a bespoke one, might cause a small hush as he passes.

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