New Decade Agreement

The agreement would increase the number of PSNNs by 600 to reach the figure of 7,500 proposed when it was created some 20 years ago. A new bipartisan agreement, published in January 2020, paved the way for the re-establishment of the NI assembly and executive. The Agreement on the New Decade, the New Approach (NDNA) was announced on 9 January 2020 by the Irish and British governments and approved on 10 January by the main NI political parties. The CAJ has written two briefing papers on the NDNA. The first provides a brief overview of the agreement, its main provisions and its impact on rights and equality. The second is a much more detailed analysis, which focuses specifically on the content of the three bills. The full contract document and the combined bills are available online here. In addition to the agreement, draft Assembly legislation on the linguistic and cultural aspects of the agreement has been published. This legislation includes three separate bills to be defined: the Office of Identity and Cultural Expression (OICE); an Irish language commissioner; and a commissioner who focuses on the British language, art and literature of Ulster Scots and Ulster, when the Commissioner said, for example, that the Ministry of Infrastructure should provide bilingual signs on all major roads, should there be a political agreement before that happens? “Governments are presenting a proposal for agreement to all parties today. This builds on the extensive discussion and collective work that the parties have been doing since last May following the horrific murder of Lyra McKee. Governments believe that a fair and balanced package is needed.

There is no need for public patience for more processes and more discussions. It`s time for political leadership and a common commitment to make politics work for the people” Friday, the British Foreign Secretary for Northern Ireland, MP Julian Smith and Irish Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Simon Coveney TD, published New Decade, New Approach, which revamped the text of an agreement between the British and Irish governments and the five main parties in Northern Ireland – the Democratic Union Party and the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), the nationalist Sinn Féin party and the Social Democratic Party (SDLP) and the Unaligned Alliance (SDLP). Appendix B of the new decade, New Approach, contains commitments from the Irish Government as part of an agreement to support enhanced cooperation, connectivity and opportunities on the island, in cooperation with the Northern Ireland Executive and the UK Government, in line with the Irish Government`s ongoing commitment to the Belfast Agreement and Good Friday. The document outlines the Irish government`s intention to cooperate with the Northern Ireland Executive through the NSMC to carry out projects that benefit the people of the entire island. Governments are presenting a proposal for agreement to all parties today. This builds on the extensive discussion and collective work that the parties have been doing since last May following the horrific murder of Lyra McKee.