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(1985) Anglo-Irish Agreement

Writing Peace: Treaties and Agreements

1985-11-15

Treaty Series No.62 1985 CMND.9690

Signed at Hillsborough Castle by Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Anglo-Irish Agreement was a treaty between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland which aimed to help end the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Among other provisions, the Treaty gave the Irish Government an advisory role in Northern Ireland's government and established the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, which was eventually superseded by the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference established in the Good Friday Agreement. The Treaty also promoted the Principle of Consent as the basis of fundamental change in Northern Ireland's status; asserted that no change in the constitutional position of Northern Ireland would happen without the consent of the majority of its citizens - something which would become a bedrock of the Good Friday Agreement.

Published under Crown Copyright. Free to re-use under the Open Government Licence.

Published under Crown Copyright. Free to re-use under the Open Government Licence.

Treaties and Agreements 1985

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