Policy paper

The Belfast Agreement

This publication was published under the 1997 to 2001 Labour government

The Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, was reached in multi-party negotiations and signed on 10 April 1998.



The Belfast Agreement covers 3 areas:

  • the creation of a democratically elected Assembly
  • the creation of a North/South Ministerial Council
  • the creation of a British-Irish Council and the British-Irish Governmental Conference