Derry Girls referenced in UK Parliament debate as "brilliant"

By Fiona Frawley

May 25, 2022 at 12:21pm

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We all knew it already, but now Parliament does too.

As the Derry Girls fandom attempts to adjust during the first week without a new episode to look forward to, the show is being praised in Parliament for its portrayal of the Good Friday Agreement.

Writer and creator Lisa McGee shared the clip of Julian Smith (Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland) referencing Derry Girls as part of a Parliament debate with the caption "this is mind blowing".

In the clip, Julian cites the "brilliant" finale, saying:

The lead character Erin’s monologue on coming of age in Northern Ireland, was set to clips of Bloody Sunday and more importantly David Cameron’s apology. A clear modern reflection of the importance of that acknowledgement of the past.

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The clip is from a reading of the Northern Ireland Troubles Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Fans have taken to the comments section, praising the show for how educational it's been on topics such as the Troubles.

One person wrote:

Mentioned in Parliament, now “Derry Girls” will be on parliamentary record forever. Congratulations and thank you for a brilliant series.

Another said:

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Just awesome Lisa, this ending reached a whole generation of people who never understood or realised the impact that “The Troubles” had on so many lives, you summed it up beautifully. 

Header image via Twitter/Channel4

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