Key Points of N. Ireland Accord
Friday, April 10, 1998; 12:48 p.m. EDT
The Northern Ireland accord will create three interconnected
bodies of government within Northern Ireland, between the north and
rest of Ireland, and between the Irish Republic and United Kingdom
as a whole.
NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY
Elections in June for a 108-seat assembly at Stormont, former
center of a Protestant-dominated parliament abolished in 1972.
Checks and balances require Protestants and Catholics to share
power and responsibilities.
Powers now administered by Britain's Northern Ireland Office
will not be handed back to local politicians until early 1999 -- and
only if the assembly members agree on how to participate in the
A forum for ministers from the Irish Republic's government to
promote joint policy-making with the new Northern Ireland assembly.
Areas of potential common interest include agriculture,
transportation links, policing and relations with the European
Union. Will have powers to implement all-Ireland policies -- but
only with the approval of both the Northern Ireland assembly and
the Irish parliament in Dublin.
Lawmakers from the Irish Republic will meet regularly with
members of the British Parliament from London, the Northern Ireland
assembly, and with representatives of the new parliament for
Scotland and assembly for Wales. It will have no administrative or
Republic of Ireland will hold referendum on amending the
country's constitution, which now claims the territory of Northern
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