Anglo-Irish Agreement

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Anglo-Irish Agreement

an international treaty concluded in 1985 between the Republic of Ireland and the UK. It recognized the requirement for majority consent within Northern Ireland for any change in its status, established an intergovernmental ministerial conference, serviced by a secretariat, that provided an opportunity for ministers from Ireland and the UK to discuss security, policing, prison policy, law enforcement and extradition, and set up an intergovernmental parliamentary council that permitted members of the British and Irish parliaments to meet to discuss matters of mutual interest. It moved on to such an extent that a GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT was reached, intended to establish a power-sharing devolved government in Northern Ireland. Its first meeting failed to comply with the necessary requirements for its continued function and it was suspended. For a time the Northern Ireland government was reactivated with a power-sharing executive in operation in the province. As at the time of writing it had been again suspended but renunciation of the armed struggle by the Irish Republican Army brought high hopes of final resolution.
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He will be best remembered for his contribution to peace on the island of Ireland and in particular his tough and very capable negotiating approach to facilitating the Anglo Irish Agreement.
In May, 1998, the Orange Order said it opposed "Dublin inter- ference in the internal affairs of Northern Ireland" and, referring to the North-South Ministerial Council, said it opposed "the Maryfield Secretariat and the Anglo Irish Agreement in another guise".
The last time Stormont saw scenes like this was in June 1986 when Mr Paisley and other unionists were carried out of the chamber by RUC officers when the last Northern Ireland Assembly was dissolved in the wake of the Anglo Irish Agreement.
A secret memo compiled for ministers on November 7, 1985 - the week before the Anglo Irish Agreement was signed - warned of the scenarios.
The civil servants under threat work for the Anglo-Irish Secretariat - an administrative body set up after the signing of the Anglo Irish agreement in 1985 - at Maryfield, on the edge of Belfast.
A memo for ministers on November 7, 1985, - the week before the Anglo Irish Agreement was signed - warned of the scenarios.
Mr Hurd, who was promoted to Foreign Secretary in the build-up to the signing of the Anglo Irish Agreement, was considered to hold significant influence in the Conservative Party at the time.
During talks in the run-up to the Anglo Irish Agreement, Mrs Thatcher argued giving Dublin an official role in the North would plunge it into civil war.
But here was a lady who opened a back channel to the IRA and signed the Anglo Irish Agreement.
His Ulster Says No slogan against the Anglo Irish Agreement summed up the anger of many unionists.
The head of the Church of Ireland, Alan Harper and Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland said in a joint statement: "He invested much of his energy and intellect in establishing the New Ireland Forum and the Anglo Irish Agreement.