Wiki Anglo Irish Agreement

The crucial Dáil private meeting on January 6 was informed that it could not be informed of a private conference of nine TDs that had reached a compromise agreement on almost all points the night before. Most TDs at least wanted to know what had not yet been agreed, and from then on, pro-contract members insisted that all meetings be held in public. [27] The agreement was approved by voters across the island of Ireland in two referendums on 22 May 1998. In Northern Ireland, in the 1998 referendum on the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, voters were asked if they supported the multi-party agreement. In the Republic of Ireland, voters were asked whether they would allow the state to sign the agreement and allow the necessary constitutional amendments (Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland) to facilitate it. Citizens of both jurisdictions had to approve the agreement for it to enter into force. The British House of Commons voted in favour of a motion to approve the deal by a majority of 426 (473 in favour and 47 against, the largest majority during Thatcher`s tenure). The majority of the Conservative Party voted in favour (although there were a few Unionist MPs in the party who were against), as did the Labour Party and the Liberal Alliance-SDP. Of Northern Ireland`s main parties, only the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and the Inter-Community Alliance Party supported the deal.