The St Andrews Agreement (Irish: Comhaonté Chill R`mhinn; Ulster Scots: St Andra`s `Greement, St Andrew`s Greeance[1] or St Andrae`s Greeance[2]) is an agreement between the British and Irish governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland on the decentralisation of power in the region. The agreement was the result of multi-party discussions that took place from 11 to 13 October 2006 in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. It led to the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the formation (on 8 May 2007) of a new executive power in Northern Ireland and a decision by Sinn Féin to support the Northern Ireland Police Service, the courts and the rule of law. 2.In Section 53 (agreements, etc., by people participating in North-South states… Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal an “amazing breakthrough” on BBC Five Live. The Provisional IRA announces the end of its armed campaign (2005) Blair and Ahern`s agreement to restore decentralisation (2006) The St Andrews Agreement (2006) The Journey (2016 film) Robert McCartney, chairman of the British Unionist Party, has reportedly rejected as undemocratic the power-sharing agreements of the new agreement. [3] Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal an “amazing breakthrough” on BBC Radio Five Live. Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said that if the deadlines set by both governments were not met, “the plan will be shaken and there will be a step towards Plan B without further discussion.” Ian Paisley, Chairman of the Democratic Unionist Party, said: “Unionists can have confidence in the progress of their interests and the victory of democracy.” He also said: “The implementation of the central issue of the police and the rule of law begins now.” Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said plans needed to be consulted, but the restoration of political institutions was a “huge price.” Ulster Unionist Party president Reg Empey called the agreement a “Belfast agreement for slow learners.” Mark Durkan, chairman of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, said welcome progress had been made in restoring power-sharing institutions. Alliance Party Chairman David Ford said the result was a “mix of challenges and opportunities.” [3] The St Andrews Agreement also explains the difficult issues on which the two major parties must agree to meet this timetable.

Key elements of the agreement included Sinn Féin`s full acceptance of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the commitment of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to share power with Irish Republicans in the Northern Ireland executive.