Detailed Implementation Timeline: Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement

Strand Three: Validation and Implementation

1. The two Governments will as soon as possible sign a new British-Irish Agreement replacing the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement, embodying understandings on constitutional issues and affirming their solemn commitment to support and, where appropriate, implement the agreement reached by the participants in the negotiations which shall be annexed to the British-Irish Agreement.

2. Each Government will organise a referendum on 22 May 1998. Subject to Parliamentary approval, a consultative referendum in Northern Ireland, organised under the terms of the Northern Ireland (Entry to Negotiations, etc.) Act 1996, will address the question: "Do you support the agreement reached in the multi-party talks on Northern Ireland and set out in Command Paper 3883?". The Irish Government will introduce and support in the Oireachtas a Bill to amend the Constitution as described in paragraph 2 of the section "Constitutional Issues" and in Annex B, as follows: (a) to amend Articles 2 and 3 as described in paragraph 8.1 in Annex B above and (b) to amend Article 29 to permit the Government to ratify the new British-Irish Agreement. On passage by the Oireachtas, the Bill will be put to referendum.

Decommissioning

3. All participants accordingly reaffirm their commitment to the total disarmament of all paramilitary organisations. They also confirm their intention to continue to work constructively and in good faith with the Independent Commission, and to use any influence they may have, to achieve the decommissioning of all paramilitary arms within two years following endorsement in referendums North and South of the agreement and in the context of the implementation of the overall settlement.

Implementation History

1998

Full Implementation

Provision related to replacing the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement as well as provision related to referendum in both places. However, the decommissioning of all paramilitary organizations did not happen in 1998.

1999

Full Implementation

While referendum provision and constitutional change provision met the initial implementation timeline, decommissioning of paramilitary did not happen within two years. 

2000

Full Implementation

No developments observed this year.

2001

Full Implementation

No developments observed this year.

2002

Full Implementation

No developments observed this year.

2003

Full Implementation

No developments observed this year.

2004

Full Implementation

No developments observed this year.

2005

Full Implementation

The decommission process was completed in 2005.

2006

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.