Bill and Hillary Clinton visit Northern Ireland and the president addresses crowds in Derry.

The US president and his wife Hillary flew into Belfast on 30 November 1995. It was the first time an American president had ever visited Northern Ireland and would be the first of three official visits Bill Clinton would make.

Later in the day the Clintons travelled to Derry, where people had been queueing in the cold for hours to hear the president speak outside the city's Guildhall. Also present was John Hume, who had caught the president's eye in 1968 as a civil rights campaigner. Bill Clinton reiterated his commitment to the peace process and looked to the future.

Well my friends, I believe. I believe we live in a time of hope and history rhyming. Standing here in front of the Guildhall, looking out over these historic walls, I see a peaceful city, a safe city, a hopeful city full of young people that should have a peaceful and prosperous future here where their roots and families are.

Inside the Guildhall, links with Irish America were further underlined as Bill Clinton inaugurated the Tip O'Neill Chair in Peace Studies.

Róisín Duffy reports for RTÉ News on 30 November 1995.