Conditions Of The Good Friday Agreement

Northern Ireland`s restored rulers face difficult challenges in providing basic services and managing sectarian divisions. One of the most urgent tasks is to improve health services, which entered deeper into the crisis after the collapse of local government. Around three hundred thousand people – around one-sixth of the population – were on waiting lists for healthcare at the end of 2019 and nurses and other staff went on strike last December to protest wages that had fallen below those of the rest of the UK. Until February 2020, many health unions had reached agreements with the government on higher wages and other demands, although the question remains open as to whether the health sector is on a sustainable path. The agreement consists of two interconnected documents, both agreed on Good Friday, 10 April 1998, in Belfast: under these conditions, power-sharing proved impossible. This time, the institutions created under the Good Friday agreement should be maintained until the current political crisis has resulted in the collapse of the executive in January 2017. These institutional arrangements, which have been established in these three areas, are defined in the agreement as “interdependent and interdependent”. In particular, it is found that the functioning of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the North-South Council of Ministers is “so closely linked that the success of the other depends on the success of the other”, and participation in the North-South Council of Ministers is “one of the essential tasks related to the relevant posts in [Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland]”. Issues of sovereignty, civil and cultural rights, weapons dismantling, demilitarization, justice and police work were at the heart of the agreement. On 9 January 2020, the UK and Irish governments proposed to Northern Ireland`s political parties the New Decade Agreement and New Approach, which provides for a balanced package to make Northern Ireland`s policy and government more transparent, accountable, stable, inclusive and effective. 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 is expected to approve the Anglo-Irish Agreement and facilitate the amendment of the Irish Constitution in accordance with the Agreement.