St Andrews Agreement Ireland

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It was therefore foreseeable that Blair would have to announce that an agreement had been reached between representatives of the British and Irish governments and the main political parties in Northern Ireland during talks at St Andrews Castle in Scotland. To make the announcement even more dramatic, Labour spindoctors had even dreamed of it so much that it coincided with the 4th anniversary of the suspension of decentralised institutions. The various documents that paved the way for the “peace process,” from the “framework agreement” of the 1980s to the “Good Friday Agreement,” were all written in such a legalistic mumbo-jumbo that they were virtually incomprehensible to anyone who bothered to read them. In this respect at least, the St Andrews document reaches new heights. Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal an “astonishing breakthrough” on BBC Five Live. 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. Maybe. Except that, as Hain himself had to admit at the end of his pompous speech, this “new dawn” will only take place “on the basis of the St Andrews Agreement”. In other words, it is a document presented jointly by London and Dublin, modified by the participants in the discussions of more than 48 hours of haggling, without any of the parties concerned really accepting the final result of its own work. In short, it is not an agreement. But in an attempt to avoid another humiliation like the one that followed the Kent Castle talks in 2004, the government decided this time to put the cart in front of the horse and explain the victory in advance! The Provisional IRA announces the end of its armed campaign (2005) Blair and the Ahern Agreement to restore decentralisation (2006) The St Andrews Agreement (2006) The Journey (2016 film) In fact, the whole document bears the sign of this contradiction…

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