Tributes are shared from all political walks of life to former Prime Minister David Trimble

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Lord Trimble was co-architect of the Good Friday Agreement, for which he jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998

Today, tributes from presidents, prime ministers and party leaders past and present poured in.

The funeral of the former First Minister of Northern Ireland, David Trimble, will take place next Monday in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

He died yesterday at the age of 77 after a short illness.

The funeral of the former Ulster Unionist leader will take place at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church at 12.30pm on Monday afternoon.

Tributes are pouring in from political leaders around the world – for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate – who helped broker the Good Friday Agreement.

Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie said: “David Trimble was a man of courage and vision. He chose to seize the opportunity for peace when it presented itself and sought to end the decades of violence that have ravaged his beloved Northern Ireland.

“He will forever be associated with the leadership he showed during the negotiations that led to the Belfast Agreement in 1998.

“The bravery and courage he displayed while battling his recent illness was typical of the qualities he displayed in his political career, at Stormont and at Westminster.

“He will be remembered as prime minister, as a peer of the kingdom and as a Nobel laureate. He will also be remembered as a great Unionist.”

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said: “Throughout some of the most difficult years of the Troubles, David was a committed and passionate defender of the Union, at a time when it posed a considerable threat to his security. As our political paths parted in the Ulster Unionist Party, there is no doubting his bravery and determination to lead during this time. He was a committed and passionate trade unionist who always wanted the best for Northern Ireland.

“He leaves a huge and lasting legacy to Northern Ireland. Without a doubt, he has shaped the history of our country.”

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood MP paid tribute, saying: “David Trimble’s life has left an indelible mark on the history of our shared island. During his political career, but especially during the difficult years of the Good Friday Agreement negotiations, he showed immense courage and took political risks that sustained the life of our fledgling peace process. . He doesn’t get credit for it often enough, but without the guts of David Trimble, there just wouldn’t have been a deal.”
Former US President Bill Clinton said his legacy “will last for all who live a better life because of him today.”

A condolence book has been opened at Belfast City Hall and another will open at Derrys Guildhall at 4.30pm on Tuesday.

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