Good Friday Agreement Booklet

The brochure, written by the Referendum Committee for the 1998 Good Friday Referendum, encouraged cooperation on both sides of the border in economic and social affairs across Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement is seen as a model for resolving ethnic political conflicts, especially rivals, around the world. Hillary Clinton said yesterday: “This is a difficult time for Northern Ireland and for our world. As the Brexit debate intensifies, I continue to believe in the value of the European Union and a full, free and peaceful Europe. Her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, supported the agreement by investing in the United States in Northern Ireland, breathing a sigh of the peace process, which provided prospects for hope for prosperity and the freezing fires of poverty, injustice, conflict and violence that had to appease the province for years. In his speech in Dublin this week, Bill Clinton said the Good Friday agreement was still a glimmer of hope for others trapped in conflict around the world. “It shows us how we can move forward together all over the world…. The architects of the agreement created “a beautiful work” from which others could learn from the ethnic wars.

With the resurgence of tribalism, nationalism, bigotry and the national interest that is fragmenting Europe and the world, we would do well to follow the consequences of these attitudes, actions and policies. 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. 71% voted in favour of the agreement in Northern Ireland and 94% in the Republic of Ireland. Mr Gove`s views are “a fanatical union protest against the deal,” said Brendan O`Leary, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and an adviser to the British Labour Party and the Irish government in the years leading up to the signing of the agreement in 1998. However, the agreement has also been the subject of a wave of controversy. 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 Scottish-born Brexit supporter said the deal was a “rigged referendum,” a “lethal stain” and “a humiliation of our army, police and Parliament.” An agreement that can`t even agree on its own name – irony. 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. The two main political parties in the agreement were the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), led by David Trimble, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), led by John Hume. The two heads of state and government together won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. The other parties to the agreement were Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party and the Progressive Unionist Party.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which later became the largest Unionist party, did not support the agreement. When Sinn Féin and loyalist parties entered, they left the talks because republican and loyalist paramilitary weapons had not been decommissioned. The Belfast Agreement is also known as the Good Friday Agreement, as it was concluded on Good Friday on 10 April 1998. It was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of northern Ireland`s political parties on how to govern Northern Ireland. Discussions that led to the agreement have focused on issues that have led to conflict in recent decades. The aim was to form a new de-defyed government for Northern Ireland, where unionists and nationalists would share power.