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The Challenge
The newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law

January 2003, vol. 13, no. 3

Editor’s note

Many of you are familiar with the "troubles" that have plagued Ireland for many decades. The Good Friday Agreement was put into place on April 10, 1998 and was the product of multi-party negotiations. It set-up ways and means for the Northern Irish population to take part in the British Government in a more meaningful form of participation than had been attempted in years past. In the Fall of 2002, and not for the first time, the British Government, through Tony Blair, stalled the terms of the Agreement by disbanding the Northern Executive, raising serious concerns as to whether any of the outstanding terms would be implemented. The following is a re-print of an Article from an Irish News publication which responds to a speech given by Tony Blair about the action taken by the British Government.