Stephen Castle on The Legacy of The Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland

“The persistence of those political leaders brought tangible rewards. Almost 1,500 people died in Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ during the 20 years before the agreement (also known as the Belfast Agreement), compared to fewer than 150 victims of conflict-related violence since, according to the BBC.”

But the agreement is in trouble:

Power-sharing arrangements at the legislature in Stormont in Belfast — one of the central pillars of the agreement — have broken down amid disputes over how to deal with the legacy of the “Troubles” and a disagreement over Irish language rights. That has left Northern Ireland without a functioning executive since January 2017.

Read the article here.

I lived in Northern Ireland for several months the year of the agreement, and I’ll be returning this summer for the first time since.

 

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