Good Friday Agreement Bbc Bitesize

A referendum was held on both sides of the Irish border (similar to Brexit, but certainly not Brexit) so that the people could decide whether or not they wanted the deal. The agreement is complex, but can be divided into three sections or “strands.” An agreement that can`t even agree on its own name – irony. It aimed to create a new government for Northern Ireland, which shared power between unionists and nationalists. The agreement served as the basis for the construction of an egalitarian society. 1985: Concerned about the electoral success of the Sinn Féin Republican Party, the British and Irish governments signed the Hillsborough Agreement in November. This gave the Republic of Ireland a say in Northern Ireland`s affairs On Friday 10 April 1998 at 5.30pm, an American politician named George Mitchell – who led the talks – said: “I am pleased to announce that the two governments and political parties in Northern Ireland have reached an agreement.” However, the agreement has also been the subject of a wave of controversy. On 10 April 1998, the so-called Good Friday Agreement (or Belfast Agreement) was signed. The agreement helped end a period of conflict in the region, known as a riot. 71% voted in favour of the agreement in Northern Ireland and 94% in the Republic of Ireland. One young man said of the agreement: “Erm, I`ve never heard of it. I don`t know. I don`t know what it is. Northern Ireland has been living with this agreement for 20 years and its name (in any form) is never far from the languages of our politicians.

A copy of the agreement was published in every assembly in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland so that people could read before a referendum where they could vote. The idea of the agreement was to get the two parties to work together in a group called the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Assembly would take some of the decisions taken previously by the British government in London. They agreed to waive both Article 2 and Article 3 of the 1937 Constitution. Although politicians continue to disagree, there has been no return to the violence that has been observed in Northern Ireland. It`s a much more peaceful place, and many say it`s Good Friday agreement. In May 1998, adults from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland voted in favour of the Good Friday Agreement that formalised it – and the Northern Ireland Assembly took its seats in December of that year. “It has something to do with the peace process in Northern Ireland.” 1994: After several years of increased violence by both loyalists and republicans, PIRA declares a ceasefire on 31 August. Loyalist paramilitaries declared their ceasefire on 13 October newsround to the EU vote: will this affect life on the Irish border? The government can provide these groups with employment programs, housing allowances and educational opportunities to create social equality. The region`s political parties still disagree and are deadlocked.

Many hope that a peaceful power-sharing agreement can soon be restored. The 1997 British general election brought Labour, under tony Blair`s leadership, to power by a large parliamentary majority – the new government did not need the support of the Unionists. In Ireland Bertie Aherne became Taoiseach. Both men were determined to finally resolve the situation in Northern Ireland. 1981: Bobby Sands, on hunger strike at Maze Prison, is elected as an MP. He and nine other republican prisoners starved to death in 1986: under the slogan “Ulster Says No”, loyalists organized numerous demonstrations against the Hillsborough Agreement (c) between people with disabilities and people without disabilities; and our advice from experts and survivors will help you do so.

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