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Last week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Omagh on Thursday, 13 November. Joining David on the panel were:

David Trimble MP
DAVID TRIMBLE MP

Title: Ulster Unionist Party leader

Career: David Trimble recently pulled his party out of talks with republicans aimed at striking a deal on returning to government.

He was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after becoming the first UUP leader to negotiate with Sinn Fein, which resulted in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement on power-sharing between unionists and republicans.

Mr Trimble has led the UUP since 1995 and was First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly until its suspension last year.


Martin McGuinness MP
MARTIN McGUINNESS MP

Title: Chief Negotiator, Sinn Fein

Career: Martin McGuinness recently admitted at the Bloody Sunday inquiry that he had previously been a senior figure in the IRA.

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He was Sinn Fein's chief negotiator during talks with unionists that resulted in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

He became Minister for Education in the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1999, despite opposition from some unionists, and promised he would govern for all children.


Mark Durkan MLA
MARK DURKAN MLA

Title: SDLP leader

Career: Mark Durkan last month criticised both Ulster Unionists and Sinn Fein after talks on post election power-sharing in Stormont fell through.

He was appointed Minister for Finance and Personnel in the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1999 and was elevated to Deputy First Minister in 2001.

Mr Durkan joined the office of former SDLP leader John Hume in 1984 before becoming the party's chairperson and eventually succeeding Mr Hume as SDLP leader in November 2001.


Nigel Dodds MP
NIGEL DODDS MP

Title: General Secretary, Democratic Unionist Party

Career: Nigel Dodds refused to sit alongside Sinn Fein ministers when he was Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Earlier this year Mr Dodds said money spent on monitoring police reform in Northern Ireland would better be spent on health and education.

The former Lord Mayor of Belfast's party remains opposed to the Good Friday Agreement.


BBC ONE's Question Time is broadcast on Thursdays at 2235 GMT.



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