St Andrews Agreement Act 2006

the St Andrews Agreement (Irish: Comhaontú Chill Rímhinn; 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 of Northern Ireland regarding the devolution of power in the region. The agreement culminated in multi-party talks that took place from 11 to 13 October 2006 in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all major parties in Northern Ireland, including the two largest, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. This led to the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the formation (on 8 May 2007) of a new Northern Ireland Executive and a decision by Sinn Féin to support the Northern Ireland Police Service, the courts and the rule of law. The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 (c 53) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He put the Andrews St. Accord. It is amended by Section 1 of the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2007. However, if there is no agreement by 24 November, the agreement makes it clear that the BRITISH and Irish governments would work together to implement a “Plan B” above the minds of Northern Ireland politicians. Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal an “astonishing breakthrough” on BBC Five Live. The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, which implemented the agreement, received Royal Approval on 22 November 2006. The Assembly was suspended on 14 October 2002 and Northern Ireland returned from Westminster to direct domination. This was the second major suspension, the first of which took place between February and May 2000. This suspension lasted until 8 May 2007.

It was restored as a result of the St Andrews Agreement, which was concluded in October 2006 in St Andrews, Scotland. The October 13 joint statement stated that governments had “requested the parties to confirm their adoption by November 10, after consultation with their members.” In a Sinn Féin statement on 6 November, “Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle instructed the party leadership to follow the course set at St Andrews and continue ongoing negotiations to resolve outstanding issues” and that they are “firmly convinced that any outstanding difficulties can be resolved”. The DUP statement read: “Given that Sinn Féin is not yet ready to take the decisive step in police work, the DUP will not be required to engage in any aspect of power-sharing before this certainty.” . . .

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