Tuesday 24 April 2018

What the agreement means

When will policing and justice powers be transferred from London to Northern Ireland?

On April 12, assuming a vote is passed by the Northern Assembly on March 9. That vote will be supported by the DUP, Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance Party and others. The only major dissenting voice at the moment is the UUP

  • Who will get the post of new Justice Minister?

The most likely candidate for the highly sensitive role is David Ford, the leader of the the Alliance Party, which is a cross-community party.

  • What happened with the parades issue?

The DUP, at the behest of the Orange Order, wants the current system of deciding on the routes of contentious parades to be scrapped.

But Sinn Fein was concerned the abolition of the Parades Commission would result in parades being allowed through nationalist areas.

A six-member working group is being set up to deal with parades. Its work will be completed within three weeks. The deal envisages local people providing solutions that respect the rights of those who parade as well as nationalist residents.

  • What are the implications for the Republic?

North-South co-operation is expected to be enhanced by the agreement, as there will now be a proper-functioning devolved government in Northern Ireland, with additional powers on justice issues.

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