of North Dakota
Introduced by
Senators Hogan, Cleary
1 A concurrent resolution recognizing the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Good Friday
2 Agreement that provided the framework for lasting peace in Northern Ireland and celebrating
3 the flag of Ireland as a symbol of peace and a link between the United States and Ireland.
4 WHEREAS, 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Good Friday
5 Agreement reached on April 10, 1998; and
6 WHEREAS, while there are some outstanding issues, the Good Friday Agreement has
7 been a considerable success which saved lives as a result of the continuous bipartisan support
8 for the Good Friday Agreement by state legislators, successive United States Presidents, the
9 United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and elected officials working in
10 partnership with the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of Ireland; and
11 WHEREAS, the Good Friday Agreement represented a landmark breakthrough that
12 provided Ireland with a political framework to address its future; and
13 WHEREAS, the Good Friday Agreement acknowledged the right of individuals with differing
14 political traditions to pursue their goals of remaining part of the United Kingdom or of the Irish
15 Unity; and
16 WHEREAS, the Good Friday Agreement demonstrated democratic and peaceful means of
17 resolving differences; and
18 WHEREAS, the British and Irish Governments' ongoing support and implementation of the
19 Good Friday Agreement is commendable, regardless of the United Kingdom's status regarding
20 the European Union; and
21 WHEREAS, despite the historic progress that resulted from the Good Friday Agreement
22 and subsequent agreements, important issues remain unresolved in Northern Ireland, including
23 securing justice for victims of state-sponsored violence and other violence and providing for the
24 rights of all sections of the community; and
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1 WHEREAS, members of both political parties in the United States came together to support
2 the Good Friday Agreement; and
3 WHEREAS, on the 17th of March during the annual celebration of the feast of Saint Patrick,
4 the patron saint of Ireland, Irish Americans join with men, women, and children of all ethnic
5 origins for one day becoming Irish and celebrating Saint Patrick and this year we also celebrate
6 and give thanks for the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement; and
7 WHEREAS, 2023 also marks the 175th anniversary of the first flying of the Irish flag by
8 Thomas F. Meagher who embodied the links between Ireland and the United States of America;
9 and
10 WHEREAS, Thomas F. Meagher ran for election to the City Council in Waterford, Ireland,
11 led the rebellion for freedom from British rule in Ireland in 1848, was sentenced to death, which
12 was commuted to transportation for life in prison in Australia, from where he escaped, became a
13 brigadier general in the 69th Regiment of the famous 'Fighting Irish Brigade' and fought in some
14 of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War, including Fredericksburg and Antietam,
15 became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, and went on to become the acting territorial
16 governor of Montana, dying under mysterious circumstances at the age of 43;
19 That the Sixty-eighth Legislative Assembly recognizes the 25th anniversary of the ratification
20 of the Good Friday Agreement that provided the framework for lasting peace in Northern Ireland
21 and celebrates the flag of Ireland as a symbol of peace and a link between the United States
22 and Ireland; and
23 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State forward copies of this resolution
24 to each member of the North Dakota Congressional Delegation; Senator Mark Daly, Chair of the
25 Senate of Ireland; and to the National co-chairs of the American Irish State Legislators Caucus:
26 Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, New Jersey; Assemblyman Robin Vos, Wisconsin; Senator
27 Shannon O'Brien, Montana; Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island;
28 Assemblyman James Gallagher, California; Representative Fran Hurley, Illinois; and
29 Representative Killian Timoney, Kentucky.
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