The Good Friday Agreement faced a significant test, just months after it was signed, when nine people were killed in the Omagh bombing. Monday marks 25 years since the deal was agreed, which aimed to end 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland.
However, in August of that year, the Co Tyrone village of Omagh was devastated by a Real IRA bomb. Former Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Liz O'Donnell, says she feared the Government had lured people into a false sense of security as the deal had only been reached weeks earlier.
"I was totally heartbroken; and I was bawling crying for hours. I felt that we - the Government - had lured people into a feeling of security and suddenly people were killed in Omagh on a sunny afternoon. It was heart breaking," she added.