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The vulnerability of the Good Friday Agreement
Open borders, North-South trade and linkages
Institutions: the SEUPB and the North-South bodies
Funding – INTERREG and PEACE funding
New North-South linkages
Special EU funding for North-South projects
New political linkages and modes of representation
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It was not unrealistic in May 1998 to see the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) – in the words of its Preface – as a “new beginning” in Northern Ireland, opening up to an agreed politics no longer reducible to ethnic power. This beginning was, however, difficult to sustain. The institutions of Agreement, and in particular the consociational Assembly, became operational only in late 1999 and after a series of crises the Assembly was suspended in 2002 and dissolved in 2003. It was only under strong British and Irish government pressure that the Northern Irish parties accepted a slightly revised St Andrews Agreement in 2006 and began a new phase of devolved government in 2007. With the devolution of now radically reformed policing and justice to the Assembly in 2010, the implementation of the Good Friday/St Andrews Agreements was declared complete.
The declaration was premature....
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Jennifer Todd, « The Vulnerability of the Northern Ireland Settlement: British Irish Relations, Political Crisis and Brexit », Études irlandaises, 40-2 | 2015, 61-73.
Jennifer Todd, « The Vulnerability of the Northern Ireland Settlement: British Irish Relations, Political Crisis and Brexit », Études irlandaises [En ligne], 40-2 | 2015, mis en ligne le 15 décembre 2017, consulté le 28 mars 2017. URL : http://etudesirlandaises.revues.org/4734 ; DOI : 10.4000/etudesirlandaises.4734 Haut de page