The Troubles Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement

The agreement called for the creation of an independent commission to audit police rules in Northern Ireland, “including ways to promote broad community support” for these agreements. The UK government has also pledged to “carry out a comprehensive review” of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. 1. Participants recognize that policing is a central theme in any society. They also recognise that the history of Northern Ireland`s deep divisions has made it very moving, with serious injuries and sacrifices caused by many individuals and their families, including those of the RUC and other officials. They believe that the agreement offers the possibility of a new start to policing in Northern Ireland with a police service capable of obtaining and maintaining the support of the Community as a whole. They also believe that this agreement offers a unique opportunity to bring about a new political dispensation that recognises the full and equal legitimacy and value of the identities, sense of belonging and ethics of all regions of the Community in Northern Ireland. They consider that this opportunity should inform and support the development of a police representative with regard to the absence of the entire Community corps, which should be regularly disarmed in a peaceful environment. Both views were recognized as legitimate. For the first time, the Irish Government has accepted, in a binding international agreement, that Northern Ireland should be part of the United Kingdom. [9] The Irish Constitution has also been amended to implicitly recognise Northern Ireland as part of the sovereign territory of the United Kingdom,[7] provided that a majority of the population of the island`s two jurisdictions accepts a united Ireland. On the other hand, the language of the agreement reflects a change in the legal emphasis placed by the United Kingdom from one for the Union to another for a united Ireland. [9] The agreement therefore left the question of future sovereignty over Northern Ireland indefinitely.

[10] These institutional arrangements, established in these three areas, are defined in the agreement as “interdependent and interdependent”. . . .

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