Stormont House Agreement Bill

Implementation of the agreement was delayed due to differences in social reform and controversies over paramilitary activities. [5] The Justice Management Committee and scientists of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and the Transitional Justice Institute have developed a model implementation law on the management of previous elements of the agreement. [6] A group of civil society activists and academics adopted a set of gender principles for managing the legacy of the conflict in order to fill this gap in the agreement. [7] The signing of the agreement was widely supported by the majority of northern Ireland`s political parties, but not by the Ulster Unionist Party and by external governments. However, the Northern Ireland trade union movement did not give much support to the agreement, which led a series of protests and public meetings against the agreement, and the majority of public service unions affiliated with the ICTU held a one-day strike on 13 March. [3] There have also been wide-ranging differences between representatives of the executive (particularly Sinn Féin) and the UK government. The Ministry of Finance was determined that Northern Ireland would adopt social reform and fined the executive for failing to do so. Within the executive, the parties were divided. While Sinn Féin had opposed the adoption of social reform, the Democratic Unionist Party had tried to do so, arguing that it was inevitable and that an omission from London would result in further fines. One of the priority objectives of the Stormont House agreement, particularly from the point of view of the British government, was to resolve the welfare dispute and to adopt reforms. Some of these discrepancies were raised during the interviews between Richard Haass and Professor Meghan O`Sullivan. These discussions began in September 2013 and were interrupted without agreement on 31 December of the same year. An independent body created by an international agreement between the UK government and the Irish government, which will allow victims and survivors to search for and obtain private information about the deaths of their loved ones due to unrest.

9.Our previous committee of the previous Parliament conducted an inquiry that examined the bill, but this inquiry was limited by the December 2019 parliamentary elections before a report could be published.14 A number of views were expressed in response to this inquiry. Concerns have been expressed about the role and powers of law enforcement bodies, particularly the HIU. Among the key differences of opinion were the scope of the HST`s investigative powers, the inclusion of “non-criminal police misconduct” in the IBIU mission, and the ability of ICIR to verify information.15 Submissions to our 2020 investigation also contained a number of views on the Stormont House Agreement and the Bill.