Dr Marjorie Mowlam has been made the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by the new British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Mo Mowlam arrived in Belfast with a mock grimace for the boisterous media scrum that was waiting for her. The newly appointed Northern Secretary insisted on taking questions first from women journalists who asked what she would bring to the job.

Sensitivity in some senses, but at the same time, a directness and an openness which may help the process too. But all I can do is bring people together.

While Mo Mowlam went on a walk about to meet the people of Belfast, one man asked that she,

Bring us peace.

Addressing the peace process Mo Mowlam said that the bottom line is that a ceasefire is necessary for progress and that the ball was in the IRA's court.

Wishing Mo Mowlam well in her new position, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said that she and the Labour government have a unique opportunity to establish a firm foundation for a lasting peace.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 May 1997. The reporter is David Davin Power.