The Secret Peacemaker (2008)


For more than 20 years, ‘The Link’ brought the British government and the IRA together for peace talks, facilitating the Good Friday agreement. Peter Taylor interviews him.

You can find the 2023 documentary ‘The Secret Peacemaker’ about Father Alec Reid here.


Brendan Duddy is an ordinary man from Derry who, for more than 20 years, was at the centre of extraordinary events that eventually led to the historic IRA ceasefire of 1994 and the Belfast Agreement. During that time his identity was kept a closely guarded secret by those with whom he dealt – representatives of the IRA’s ruling army council and British intelligence officers from MI6 and MI5. Until now, he’s only been referred to as “The Link” or “The Contact”, the secret intermediary whose aim was to bring the two sides together to end the conflict.

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    • BBC.
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    • BBC One
    • BBC Two
  • Release Date: 26 March 2008 (UK, BBC Two).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 88 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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