The Good Friday Agreement Book

As part of the agreement, the British and Irish governments committed to holding referendums in Northern Ireland and the Republic on 22 May 1998. The referendum on Northern Ireland is expected to approve the deal reached at the multi-party talks. The Republic of Ireland`s referendum should approve the Anglo-Irish agreement and facilitate the modification of the Irish constitution in accordance with the agreement. The result of these referendums was a large majority in both parts of Ireland in favour of the agreement. In the Republic, 56% of the electorate voted, 94% of the vote voted in favour of the revision of the Constitution. The turnout was 81% in Northern Ireland, with 71% of the vote for the agreement. Future guest lights, people who are less verpument than Fenton, should grab the book, which contains a number of latest useful survey results. Its clarity will also pleasantly surprise a cautious general reader. As part of the agreement, the British Parliament repealed the Government of Ireland Act 1920 (which had founded Northern Ireland, divided Ireland and asserted territorial right to the whole of Ireland) and the people of the Republic of Ireland amended Articles 2 and 3 of the Irish Constitution, which asserted a territorial right to Northern Ireland.

This book was originally published in the form of a special edition of Ethnopolitics. The agreement was for Northern Ireland to be part of the United Kingdom and remain in place until a majority of the population of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland wished otherwise. If this happens, the British and Irish governments will be “obliged” to implement this decision. I started my career as a london-based journalist and mainly covered British politics and social affairs. In March 2017, I was commissioned by my editors at The Independent to report on the early elections in Northern Ireland that had been called in an attempt to save the distribution of power. I was unsure of the length of the negotiations, so I booked a one-way flight from London to Belfast, because I thought it would take a week or maybe two to reach an agreement. One year after the end of the negotiations, stormont`s Parliament is vacant and the return flight has yet to be booked. This book was the result of my reporting and research this year. It was written in particular during 2017, when the main nationalist and unionist parties refused to share power together. During this period, I had my seat in Stormont (northern Ireland Parliament building) while negotiations took place between the parties to see if the government could be saved. During this period, I also participated in an investigation into the cold case murders in the riots that have not yet been brought to justice. I also interviewed people from different communities and points of view and invited them to discuss the issues they had to deal with most urgently twenty years after the Good Friday agreement.

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