As one young man said about the deal: “Uh, I`ve never heard of it. I don`t know. I don`t know what it is.” Northern Ireland has lived with this agreement for 20 years and its name (in any form) is never far from the tip of our politicians` tongues. However, the deal also came with its own wave of controversies. A copy of the agreement was posted in each assembly in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at reading before a referendum was held in which they were able to vote. 1985: Alerted by the electoral success of the Sinn Féin Republican Party, the British and Irish governments signed the Hillsborough Agreement in November. This gave the Republic of Ireland its say in Northern Ireland`s affairs A referendum (similar to Brexit, but certainly not Brexit) was held on both sides of the Irish border so that people could decide whether or not they wanted the deal. On 10 April 1998, the so-called Good Friday Agreement (or the Belfast Agreement) was signed. This agreement helped to put an end to a period of conflict in the region, described as unrest.
The idea of the agreement was to get the two sides to work together in a group called the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Assembly would take certain decisions taken previously by the British Government in London. An agreement that can`t even agree on its own name – irony. In Northern Ireland, 71% voted in favour of the agreement and 94% in the Republic of Ireland. The aim was to create a new government for Northern Ireland, which would share power between unionists and nationalists. The agreement served as a basis for building a fair society. On Friday, April 10, 1998, at 5.30 p.m., an American politician, George Mitchell, said: “I am pleased to announce that the two governments and the political parties of Northern Ireland have reached an agreement.” In carrying out its duties in respect of Northern Ireland, a public authority must take into account the need to promote equal opportunities – the Good Friday Agreement (also known as the Belfast Agreement) was signed in April 1998 and ended three decades of violence known as “The Troubles”. They feared that too many nationalists would be given. .
This was one of the cautiously proposed answers when BBC News NI asked young people – some as young as 18 – “What is the Good Friday Agreement?” Turnout was 80.98 per cent, well above most elections. In this context, the governments in London and Dublin have decided to cooperate more closely. Northern Ireland`s Prime Minister Terence O`Neill`s policy may have been put in place for the right reasons, but in the late 1960s it led to divisions between unionists. There have been accusations of espionage and some political parties have said they cannot work together. Some people opposed to this peace process continued to be violent. In May 1998, adults in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland voted in favour of the Good Friday Agreement which formalised it – and the Northern Ireland Assembly took its seats in December of the same year. What percentage of trade unionists voted “yes” to the Good Friday agreement? What did Sinn Fein have to sign before entering into all the party`s discussions in 1997? Under the chairmanship of Canadian General John de Chastelain, an independent commission was established to deal with anything. Did Sinn Fein`s entry into the talks push the party to withdraw from the conversation? The government can provide these groups with employment programs, housing allowances and educational opportunities to create social equality.
To deal with the conflict, British troops were sent to the area, but they were in conflict with Republican armed groups, the largest of which was the Irish Republican Army (IRA) . . . .