To promote minority languages, the government has set up the Center Community Relations Unit to implement a policy of language use for Irish, Ulster and languages from other communities. In December 1999, the Northern Language Implementation Body came into force to impose the government`s commitment to promote linguistic diversity in accordance with the agreement.1″The Good Friday Agreement: Culture,” BBC News, seen on 7 February 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/culture/irish2.sh… The two main political parties in the agreement were the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), led by David Trimble, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), led by John Hume. The two heads of state and government together won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. The other parties to the agreement were Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party and the Progressive Unionist Party. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which later became the largest Unionist party, did not support the agreement. When Sinn Féin and loyalist parties entered, they left the talks because republican and loyalist paramilitary weapons had not been decommissioned. The agreement reaffirmed its commitment to “mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms for all within the Community.” The multi-party agreement recognized “the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance with regard to linguistic diversity,” particularly with regard to the Irish language, Ulster Scots and the languages of other ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, “all of which are part of the cultural richness of the Island of Ireland.” The result of these referendums was a large majority in both parts of Ireland in favour of the agreement. In the Republic, 56% of the electorate voted, 94% of the vote voted in favour of the revision of the Constitution.
The turnout was 81% in Northern Ireland, with 71% of the vote for the agreement. administrative assistance to the citizens` forum and the definition of guidelines for the selection of representatives of the citizens` forum. (ii) recognize that it is up to the inhabitants of the island of Ireland alone to exercise, by mutual agreement between the two parties and without external hindrance, their right to self-determination on the basis of free and concomitant consent, north and south, if it is their wish to accept that this right must be obtained and exercised with the agreement and approval of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland; 2. Participants also recalled that, as part of this comprehensive political agreement, the two governments committed to proposing or supporting amendments to the Irish Constitution or british legislation on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. After the peace agreement, the loyalist Volunteer Force – a Protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland – declared an “unequivocal” ceasefire before the referendum and put it in no.2 After the referendum, On 22 May 1998, a bomb exploded in the town of Omagh, 55 miles west of Belfast, the hard-right Republican group, the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA), a secessionist faction. The attack killed 28 people and injured more than 200.3 Immediately after the attack, RIRA apologized and called for a ceasefire.423. As a condition of appointment, ministers, including the Prime Minister and deputy prime minister, will reaffirm the terms of an Office commitment (Annex A) that commits to carry out all the functions entrusted to them effectively and in good faith. 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.