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Why, Despite the Good Friday Agreement is There Still Trouble and Conflict in Northern Ireland?

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GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85

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Beth Sharratt

Why, Despite the Good Friday Agreement is There Still Trouble and Conflict in Northern Ireland?

Despite the arrival of troops in Northern Ireland in 1969, sectarian violence in the country continued. On April 10th, 1998, leaders of main Irish political parties, as well as the British Prime Minister and other politically or militarily significant figures signed the Good Friday Agreement. Its aim was to end violence and terrorism and provide a new framework for governments in Northern Ireland.

These were its main points:

* There would be a Northern Ireland Assembly made up 108 members, six selected by PR (proportional representation) from each of the 18 existing Westminster constituencies.

*A first minister and a deputy first minister, likely to be David Trimble, as leader of the largest party and John Hume, leader of the SDLP, as deputy.

*The assembly would have powers to legislate and take over the running of government departments such as agriculture and education.

*Its first responsibility would be to set up a north-South ministerial council to direct co-operation on a series of issues. The assembly will be suspended if it does not establish the co-operative body

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