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The Belfast Agreement

The Belfast Agreement (or Good Friday Agreement) was signed by the British and Irish governments and all the political parties that participated in the talks process. The full text of the agreement and other relevant sites are listed here.

Official Version - Full Text

An unofficial, but simplified language version is available at the NI Site.


During the week leading up to the agreement's signing, Senator Mitchell produced what became known as the Mitchell draft. Comparing the Mitchell draft with the Final Agreement may provide insights into the negotiation process during that final week.

The letter from Tony Blair to David Trimble during the final hours is seen as a crucial element in allowing Trimble to sign up to the agreement.


There were two articles on the Newshound comparing the draft with the final.

The Belfast Agreement: who won and who lost: by Ed Moloney for the Sunday Tribune

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Major gains for Unionists in final days: by Gary Kent for the Belfast Newsletter and Fortnight Magazine


Lawyer Austen Morgan had two articles published in the Belfast Telegraph regarding the legal aspects of the Agreement:
The Agreement - is it legal?, September 26, 1998 & David Trimble and the D-word, October 10, 1998.


There was also a series of 5 articles by John McGarry, Brendan O'Leary and Christopher McCrudden for the Sunday Business Post to help explain the Agreement.

  1. Part 1 never made available on the web

  2. Dance of the ministries (Part 2)

  3. All-Ireland bodies at work (Part 3)

  4. Equality and social justice (Part 4)

  5. The heart of the agreement: a bi-national future with double protection (Part 5)


The changes to the Irish constitution are also on the web the Referendum Commission's site. The referenda was held - north and south - on Friday, May 22. For a detailed presentation of the result see The REFERENDUM RESULT: The Irish Times

Special internet supplements produced by newspapers since the agreement was signed:

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