David Trimble

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Person.png David Trimble   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornWilliam David Trimble
15 October 1944
Bangor, Northern Ireland
Alma materQueen's University, Belfast
Children • Richard Victoria
• Nicholas Sarah
SpouseHeather McComb
Member ofBritish-American Project, Henry Jackson Society, Königswinter/Speakers

Employment.png First Minister of Northern Ireland

In office
1 July 1998 - 14 October 2002

Employment.png Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party

In office
8 September 1995 - 24 June 2005

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Upper Bann

In office
17 May 1990 - 5 May 2005

William David Trimble is a former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, First Minister of Northern Ireland and MP for Upper Bann. He was appointed a Conservative peer in the House of Lords as Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey. [1] He is one of the Founder Members of the neoconservative Israel lobby group The Friends of Israel Initiative in 2007. [2]

Intelligence leaks

O'Callaghan used to advise David Trimble on IRA thinking which Trimble took, together with snippets of intelligence leaked to him by the RUC, to build up a picture of republican intentions, often completely wrong, but sometimes better informed than us, or at least more up to date since the police information seemed to get to him first. On the basis of this information, Trimble was convinced that Sinn Fein would not be able to meet the tests that were being imposed on them in 1997, and that therefore he would not face the difficult dilemma of whether or not to go into government with them. [3]



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  1. David Trimble joins the Conservatives, Conservative Party, 17 April 2007.
  2. PDF Copy of The Friends of Israel Initiative > About > Founder Members <http://www.friendsofisraelinitiative.org/about-advisors.php> created 15 July 2010.
  3. Great Hatred, Little Room, Making Peace in Northern Ireland, by Jonathan Powell, The Bodley Head, London, 2008, p19.