Review of Agreement: Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement

Strand 1: Democratic Institutions in Northern Ireland: Review:

36. After a specified period there will be a review of these arrangements, including the details of electoral arrangements and of the Assembly’s procedures, with a view to agreeing any adjustments necessary in the interests of efficiency and fairness. 

Implementation History

1998

Full Implementation

Each party was free to review progress at any time. In addition, the British and Irish governments published annual reviews pertaining to the progress that had been made. However, changes to the agreed framework would have to be passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly. Each government was free to review progress at any moment. In addition, each government published annual reviews of progress. However, changes to the agreed framework would have to be passed by the Northern Irish Assembly.

1999

Full Implementation

September – November 1999, Senator Mitchell chairs a review of the Belfast Agreement. The Patten Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland releases its recommendations for a radical overhaul of the police service.

2000

Full Implementation

In May 2000, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern arrive in Northern Ireland for talks as part of a review of the Belfast Agreement. Peter Mandelson offers to reduce the presence of British Army soldiers in Northern Ireland by an unspecified number if the IRA keeps to its promise on decommissioning.1

2001

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2002

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2003

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2004

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2005

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2006

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.