08 May 2007

Northern Ireland gets home rule

The leading Protestant and Catholic political parties in Northern Ireland have begun implementing their power-sharing agreement, paving the way for a restoration of home rule in the province. Ian Paisley of the (Protestant) Democratic Unionist Party has been sworn in as First Minister, while Martin McGuinness of the (Catholic) Sinn Féin has become Deputy First Minister (BBC).

The BBC's James Robbins has written an interesting retrospective piece looking at the long and winding road to peace in the region.

Congratulations, Northern Ireland! Let's hope the agreement sticks.

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