Gerry McHugh
Former Sinn Féin Councillor and MLA and Independent MLA.
Voted Yes.

Looking back twenty years, when people had high hopes of a brighter future following lengthy negotiations and the final agreement, it is with sadness and disappointment that I now see how little has been achieved in terms of reconciliation, peace building, partnership, trust and sharing common goals.
At times we seem as far apart as ever, with division in the community and fears of Brexit leading to borders which remind us of the checkpoints which were a painful reality of the past.
For Nationalists and Republicans the only resolution to this scenario looks increasingly to be a United Ireland.
The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) is still as relevant as ever, even with its flaws. People worked long and hard in putting together the agreement. It was never intended to be an end in itself, but rather a platform for peace and the beginning of a peace process which may take years in bringing people together.
Areas on equality, reconciliation and peace building are things that will never be timebound. These are the main basis of the agreement and are as important today as ever.  
The DUP never signed up to or embraced or supported the GFA. They opposed it and fought tooth and nail against it all the way, but they keep coming back to GFA all the time in defending their position.
In terms of equality, the fact that unionists are not prepared to willingly share or offer rights and entitlements to their nationalist neighbours is a big part of the problem. This was the reason for the start of civil rights in 1969 and subsequent 30 years of violence. This remaining mindset stems largely from lack of progressive leadership of the unionist population.
Issues like decommissioning and policing were all overcome. Martin McGuinness walked on glass for the rest of us who may have found it difficult to agree with or accept some of the changes. 
Ian Paisley Senior and Martin McGuinness, for whatever reasons, were working together in the devolution process. 
There are two ways of making progress here: one is the McGuinness-Paisley method of working together for the betterment of everyone or the Darwin approach of change through endless time span.
The latter seems to be the preferred choice of the DUP to issues of Irish language, equality, and LGBT rights; none of which will affect the DUP electorate in any substantial way.
In looking for a way forward, given that Arlene Foster is in such a position of power with Theresa May, she should have made more of that and sold it to her people instead of asking loyalists what they think because their world is confined to a few streets in Belfast.
Despite the DUP’s position of power in Westminster, the present lack of progressive leadership means we can go nowhere in terms of reconciliation or peace building.
 Arlene Foster, the potential First Minister, is continuing along the road of the past; espousing only Britishness and creating division, fear and distrust by refusing to show respect to her Sinn Féin counterparts or moving towards equality in relation to the Irish language. 
If Arlene Foster is saying to her people it is a massive threat to their Britishness, how as a mixed community can we make any progress?
We are a long way away from the Queen’s visit to Dublin.