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Why Do The Dup Call It The Belfast Agreement

The agreement was approved by voters across the island of Ireland in two referendums on 22 May 1998. In Northern Ireland, in the 1998 referendum on the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, voters were asked if they supported the multi-party agreement. In the Republic of Ireland, voters were asked whether they would allow the state to sign the agreement and allow the necessary constitutional amendments (Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland) to facilitate it. Citizens of both jurisdictions had to approve the agreement for it to enter into force. In 1981, the DUP rejected the then ongoing talks between British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Taoiseach Charles Haughey. This year, Paisley and other DUP members attempted to form a Protestant loyalist volunteer militia called (Ulster) Third Force, which would work with police and army personnel to fight the Irish Republican Army (IRA). They held large gatherings where men in military training were photographed waving gun certificates. Paisley said: “This is a small sign of the men who must destroy any attempt by Margaret Thatcher and Charles Haughey to destroy the Union.” [33] The DUP helped organize a loyalist “day of action” on November 23, 1981 to pressure the British government to take a harder line against the IRA. [34] Paisley spoke at a Third Force rally in Newtownards, where thousands of masked and uniformed men marched past him. He said: “My men are ready to be recruited under the crown to destroy the vermin of the IRA. But if they refuse to recruit them, then we will have no decision but to destroy the IRA itself! [35] In December, Paisley claimed that the Third Force had between 15,000 and 20,000 members. James Prior, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, replied that private armies would not be tolerated.

[34] 1. The two governments will sign as soon as possible a new British-Irish agreement, replacing the Anglo-Irish agreement of 1985, which establishes agreements on constitutional matters and reaffirms their solemn commitment to support and, where appropriate, implement those of the participants in the negotiations which will be annexed to the agreement between the United Kingdom and Ireland. 1. The Participants note that the development of a peaceful environment on the basis of this Agreement can and should mean the normalization of security arrangements and practices. .