There’s probably not a great deal of love lost been the Alliance leader David Ford and David Trimble, but the latter was fulsome in his praise of the UUP leader’s achievements:
After the moribund years of the 80s and early 90s, David Trimble had the vision and the political courage to lead his party, and a large section of this community, to reaching the Good Friday Agreement. That was truly historic. It is a tribute to Mr Trimble’s work that even the DUP has now accepted the Agreement in all but name. In time, I believe that David Trimble’s contribution to Northern Ireland will be widely recognised.
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