As a country in the South, I now ask myself a disturbing question: is the Good Friday agreement really what it did? I have five comments on that. The Belfast Agreement is also known as the Good Friday Agreement, as it was concluded on Good Friday on 10 April 1998. It was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of northern Ireland`s political parties on how to govern Northern Ireland. Discussions that led to the agreement have focused on issues that have led to conflict in recent decades. The aim was to form a new de-defyed government for Northern Ireland, where unionists and nationalists would share power. The overall result of these problems was to undermine trade unionists` confidence in the agreement exploited by the anti-DUP agreement, which eventually overtook the pro-agreement Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in the 2003 general elections. UUP had already resigned from the executive in 2002 following the Stormontgate scandal, in which three men were indicted for intelligence gathering. These charges were eventually dropped in 2005 because persecution was not „in the public interest.” Immediately afterwards, one of Sinn Féin`s members, Denis Donaldson, was unmasked as a British agent. With the Irish and British governments committed to reintegrating paramilitary prisoners into society by creating jobs, promoting retraining and training, the European Union created a support infrastructure in 1998 from the grant of the European Union`s Peace and Reconciliation Fund.
It has been reported that the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, based in Belfast, manages the fund. In addition, more than 26 community projects of ex-convicts have been implemented across Northern Ireland, with regard to education, placement, financial and social counselling, housing and family accommodation in Ireland.1″The Good Friday Agreement – Prisoners,” BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/policing/prisoner… In addition to affirming the commitment to human rights in the Good Friday Agreement, the parties agreed to amend UK legislation to include the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) of the Northern Ireland Act (1998).