The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006

11/10/2021

The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 won the election to the Assembly on 7 March 2007 for the ministerial functions of The Ministers of Northern Ireland, under the d`Hondt system, on 26 March 2007. If ministerial posts could not be filled on that day, the law required the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to make an order to dissolve the Assembly and the St Andrews Agreement would fall. The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, which implemented the agreement, received Royal Approval on 22 November 2006. the St Andrews Agreement (Irish: Comhaontú Chill Rímhinn; Ulster Scots: St Andra`s Greement, St Andrew`s Greeance[1] or St Andrae`s Greeance[2]) is an agreement between the British and Irish governments and the political parties of Northern Ireland regarding the devolution of power in the region. The agreement resulted in multi-party negotiations that concluded in St. Andrews was held in Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the two largest, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. This led to the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the formation (on 8 May 2007) of a new Northern Ireland Executive and a decision by Sinn Féin to support the Northern Ireland Police Service, the courts and the rule of law. Agreement in the framework of multi-party negotiations that took place from 11 October to 13 October 2006 in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 (c 53) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It has implemented the St Andrews Agreement.

It is amended by Section 1 of the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2007. Key elements of the deal included sinn Féin`s full acceptance of the Northern Ireland Police Service (PSNI), the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Democratic Unionist Party`s (DUP) commitment to share power with Irish Republicans in the Northern Ireland executive. The government`s plan called for the devolution of police and judicial powers within two years of the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland executive. The parties had until 10 November 2006 to respond to the draft agreement. The First and Deputy Prime Minister would be appointed on November 24, 2006. After the parliamentary elections of 7 March 2007, a new executive was planned for the elections of 26 March 2007. Section 21(1) replaces Section 1(6)(a) and (b) of the Northern Ireland Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1915 (N.I. 11). It defined principles so that power in a new assembly with a consocial democratic constitution would be too decentralized too decentralized. The police service would be reorganized to allow for equal participation of both communities. Further measures would be taken to combat social and economic inequalities.

However, the DUP was not a signatory and continued to reject the initiative. However, the medems north and south of the border approved the agreement. The new Assembly and Power-Sharing Executive were created in December 1999 with David Trimble as Prime Minister. Until October 2002, working relations within the executive had collapsed between the parties and Britain suspended decentralisation. It was now essential to resolve the remaining problems between the two sides. A big topic was Sinn Féin`s recognition of the new police service, but it was also important to put Ian Paisley`s DUP at the table. In 2005, during the election campaign, the DUP called for a renegotiation of the Belfast Agreement and won more seats than Trimble`s UUP. This meant that Paisley, known for his anti-Catholic beliefs, had the right to be prime minister.

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