St Andrews Agreement Act

Key elements of the deal included sinn Féin`s full acceptance of the Northern Ireland Police Service (PSNI), the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Democratic Unionist Party`s (DUP) commitment to share power with Irish Republicans in the Northern Ireland executive. The government`s plan called for the devolution of police and judicial powers within two years of the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland executive. The parties had until 10 November 2006 to respond to the draft agreement. The First and Deputy Prime Minister would be appointed on November 24, 2006. After the parliamentary elections of 7 March 2007, a new executive was planned for the elections of 26 March 2007. Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal on BBC Radio Five Live an ”astonishing breakthrough”. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said that if the deadlines set by the two governments were not met, ”the plan will be shaken and there will be a step towards plan B without further discussion.” Democratic Unionist Party Chairman Ian Paisley said: ”Unionists can have confidence in promoting their interests and winning democracy.” He also said: ”The implementation of the central issue of police work and the rule of law begins now.” Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the plans must be consulted, but restoring political institutions is a ”huge price to pay”. Reg Empey, chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party, described the deal as a ”Belfast deal for slow learners”. Mark Durkan, chairman of the Social Democratic Party and the Labour Party, said welcome progress had been made in restoring power-sharing institutions. Alliance Party Chairman David Ford said the result was a mix of ”challenges and opportunities.” [3] However, in the absence of an agreement by 24 November, the agreement specifies that the British and Irish governments would cooperate to implement a ”Plan B” over the heads of Northern Ireland politicians.

In the general elections, the DUP and Sinn Féin sit, which has consolidated their position as two main parties in the Assembly. Peter Hain signed the order to restore the institutions on March 25 and warned that the meeting would be closed if the parties did not reach an agreement before midnight the next day. Members of the DUP and Sinn Féin, led by Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, met for the first time face-to-face on 26 March and agreed on 8 March. The DUP made a firm commitment to enter the government with Sinn Féin that day. The deal was welcomed by Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern. On 27 March, an emergency law was tabled in the UK Parliament to facilitate the six-week delay. The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement No 2) Bill was passed without a vote in the House of Commons and the Lords and obtained Royal Approval on the same evening, as did the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2007. The chairman of the United Kingdom Unionist Party, Robert McCartney, reportedly dismissed the power-sharing agreements of the new agreement as undemocratic. [3] Reg Empey, chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party, described the agreement as a ”Belfast agreement for slow learners”. In the weeks following the agreement between Paisley and Adams, the four parties – the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP and SDLP – chose the ministries within the executive and appointed members to occupy them.

The Assembly met on May 8, 2007 and elected Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. It also ratified the ten ministers as appointed by their parties. On 12 May, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle agreed to take three seats on the Police Board and appointed three MLAs to take them over. 2.In § 53 (agreements, etc.) of persons participating in the North-South. The agreement depends on these two parties – and not on the more moderate Ulster Unionists and sdlp who participated in the negotiations of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – because the parties of Mr Paisley and Mr Gerry Adams were the strongest in the last round of elections in Stormont in 2003. . .

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