Different Reactions To The Good Friday Agreement

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The Good Friday Agreement provided for a 108-member elected assembly in Northern Ireland. The Assembly would be able to exercise executive and legislative powers and protect the rights and interests of all parts of the Community. In accordance with the agreement, the assembly should be elected using the Single Transfer Voting System proportionally representative. In the spirit of safeguarding the interests and rights of all parties, the agreement also called for the proportional distribution of Committee members in the Assembly. More than 81% voted, a much higher number than usual. A total of 676,966 people, or 71.1% of the electorate, voted for the agreement. Mo Mowlam called the result “a landslide victory for all the people of Northern Ireland.” With regard to the promotion of equal employment, the Northern Ireland Act (1998) also provided for the creation of the Equal Opportunity Commission, which began its work on 1 September 1999.1″The Good Friday Agreement: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland”, BBC News, May 2006, was consulted on 21 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/equality/equality… 1. The two governments will sign as soon as possible a new Anglo-Irish agreement, which will replace the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985, include an understanding of constitutional affairs and reaffirm their solemn commitment to support and, if necessary, implement the agreement reached by the negotiators and annexed to the Anglo-Irish Agreement. At the Northern Ireland Assembly in June 2000, the parties debated at length the issue of the conduct of Union flags on public buildings. Sinn Fein had ordered subdivisions not to raise the Union flag.1 On 8 November 2000, the Government adopted the Northern Ireland Statutes (No. 347) for the flags2, which came into force on 11 November 2000. It set out certain days and occasions when the Union pavilion could be flown.

Legislation has reduced the flight days of the flag from 21 to 17.3 “Good Friday Agreement – Symbols and Emblems”, BBC News, consulted on 7 February 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/culture/symbols2….