16 December 1993: Prime Minister John Major and Irish PM Albert Reynolds unveil the Downing Street Accord. It includes a commitment that the people of Northern Ireland will decide their own future.
31 August 1994: IRA calls ceasefire. Loyalists call ceasefire two months later.
9 December: First official meeting between Government officials and Sinn Fein.
17 June: Sinn Fein pulls out of talks with the Government.
30 November: President Clinton shakes hands with Gerry Adams in a Falls Road cafe during visit to Belfast.
9 February 1996: IRA ceasefire ends with bomb in Docklands which kills two people.
10 June: Sinn Fein barred from opening of inter-party talks.
1 May, 1997: Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister.
16 May: Tony Blair visits Ulster and new talks start between government officials and Sinn Fein.
1 July: IRA calls new ceasefire.
9 September: Sinn Fein signs up to the Mitchell Principles of non-violence and enters all party-talks.
17 September: The Ulster Unionist Party joins the talks.
23 September: First meeting in 75 years between Ulster Unionists and Sinn Fein.
13 October: Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness meet Tony Blair for the first time at Stormont.
9 December: Adams and McGuinness make their first visit to Downing Street.
27 December: LVF leader Billy Wright is shot dead in the Maze prison by the INLA. In the four weeks that follow seven Catholics and one Protestant are murdered.
17 January 1998: Sinn Fein formally rejects the British and Irish governments' new proposals for a settlement in Northern Ireland.
23 January: Loyalist terror group, the UFF, admits its part in the killing of Catholics leading to calls for its political ally, the UDP, to be thrown out of talks.
26 January: Talks move to London and the UDP is forced to leave.
10 February: Republicans are blamed for a spate of shootings.
20 February: Sinn Fein suspended from the talks for two weeks.
23 March: Sinn Fein returns to the peace talks at Stormont.
1 April: Irish PM Bertie Ahern says there are "large disagreements" with the British government over the powers of cross-border bodies.
6 April: Talks chairman Senator George Mitchell releases his 62-page draft settlement.
7 April: Tony Blair flies to Belfast for last-ditch talks after Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble rejects the framework document.Reuse content