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16 October 2014
A State Apart

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The Good Friday Agreement  
The Belfast Agreement has provided Northern Ireland’s divided society with a political framework to resolve its differences. A model of governance based on ‘parity of esteem’ has replaced the old divisive system of majority rule. The two political traditions of unionism and nationalism have agreed to proportional inclusion of each group in government. Legislators in the Stormont Assembly designate themselves as unionist, nationalist or other and the voting system works to ensure that unionists and nationalists cannot vote against each other’s group interest. The Agreement respects the right of each political tradition to pursue its goal to remain part of the United Kingdom or to join the Irish Republic.

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Montage of Stormont and map of Northern Ireland Image of Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern shaking hands ouside Castle Buildings Image of Northern Ireland Executive seated Montage of Westminster and the Dáil
Image of Twinbrook residents and Sinn Féin representatives demonstrating outside the Housing Executive offices Montage of RUC Badge with Scales of Justice Image of a street scene with men's and women's faces Image of men working with computer screens
Montage of a Lambeg drum and set dancers Image of statue in Derry of two figures reaching to shake hands



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