Good Friday Agreement Explained Simply

The agreement called for the creation of an independent commission to audit police rules in Northern Ireland, « including ways to promote broad community support » for these agreements. The UK government has also pledged to « carry out a comprehensive review » of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. After marathon negotiations, an agreement was finally reached on 10 April 1998. The Good Friday agreement was a complex balancing act that reflected the three-stranded approach. In Northern Ireland, it created a new de décentraliséed assembly for Northern Ireland, requiring that executive power be shared by the parties that represented both communities. In addition, a new North-South Council of Ministers should be created to institutionalise the link between the two parts of Ireland. [3] As part of the agreement, it was proposed to build on the existing Anglo-Irish interparliamentary body. Prior to the agreement, the body was composed only of parliamentarians from the British and Irish parliaments. In 2001, as proposed in the agreement, it was extended to include parliamentarians from all members of the Anglo-Irish Council.

As part of the agreement, the British and Irish Governments undertook to hold referendums in Northern Ireland and the Republic on 22 May 1998. The referendum in Northern Ireland is expected to approve the deal reached in the multi-party talks. The referendum in the Republic of Ireland should approve the Anglo-Irish Agreement and facilitate the amendment of the Irish Constitution in accordance with the Agreement. . . .