St Andrews Agreement Direct Rule

In short, it is not an agreement. But in an attempt to avoid another humiliation, such as 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! If these deadlines are not met, the government threatens to impose common direct British-Irish domination over Northern Ireland, meaning that decurised institutions would not only be suspended but dissolved and many Northern Ireland politicians would lose their price at the head of london`s regular cheques. In the weeks following the Agreement between Paisley and Adams, the four parties – DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP and SDLP – indicated their choice of ministries within the executive and appointed members to fill. The Assembly met on 8 May 2007 and elected Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as Premier and Deputy Prime Minister. It also ratified the ten ministers appointed by their parties. On 12 May, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle agreed to hold three seats on the police committee and appointed three MLAs to take. Ian Paisley said: “Unionists can have confidence in the progress of their interests and the victory of democracy.” He also said: “The implementation of the central issue of the police and the rule of law begins now.” There is some speculation, particularly from parties such as the Irish Nationalist Social Democratic Party and the Labour Party (SDLP), that there may be a different form of direct domination than that previously used to dominate Northern Ireland. Well, maybe. Except that, as Hain himself had to admit at the end of his pompous speech, this “new dawn” will only be done “on the basis of the St Andrews Agreement.” In other words, it is a document presented jointly by London and Dublin and amended by the participants in the more than 48-hour haggling talks, without any of the parties involved accepting the final result of their own work. In the past, direct domination could be easily implemented by the government by triggering Section 1 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000. First, the document contains a timetable that leads to the re-establishment of decentralization and power-sharing in the province, which has been under direct rule since 2002. On November 22, 2006, the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, which implemented the agreement, received royal approval.

Direct domination is not favoured by many because it deprives local hands of power. The agreement depends on both sides – not the more moderate Ulster Unionists and the SDLP who participated in the negotiations on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – because the parties of Messrs Paisley and Gerry Adams came out of the last round of the Stormont elections in 2003. The St Andrews Agreement (Irish: Comhaonté Chill R`mhinn; Ulster Scots: St Andra`s `Greement, St Andrew`s Greeance[1] or St Andrae`s Greeance[2]) is an agreement between the British and Irish governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland on the decentralisation of power in the region. The agreement was the result of multi-party discussions that took place from 11 to 13 October 2006 in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin.

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