These include social protection measures and paramilitarism, at the heart of the impasse, and the obligation of a departure date and a rate of decentralization of corporate tax (at 12.5% in April 2018). It also contains documents on other aspects of the Stormont House Agreement, including a Northern Ireland Assembly Bill to reduce the number of members for each constituency from six to five. The signing of the agreement received broad support from a majority of Northern Ireland`s political parties, but not from the Ulster Unionist Party and external governments. However, the trade union movement in Northern Ireland did not support the agreement so much due to a series of protests and public meetings against the agreement, and the majority of ICTU member public service unions held a one-day strike on 13 March.  The progress we have made is a testament to the commitment and hard work of the parties in Northern Ireland, supported by Theresa Villiers and the Irish Government, and I am very pleased that we are taking this step forward. It is essential that the parties in Northern Ireland use this agreement as a platform for a stable decentralised government that responds to day-to-day affairs that are important to citizens. Some of these sources of disagreement were raised in interviews with Richard Haass and Professor Meghan O`Sullivan. These discussions began in September 2013 and ended on 31 December of the same year without an agreement. Despite some significant progress, no final agreement could be reached on the creation of new reference bodies in the past. The Government continues to support these provisions of the Stormont House Agreement and improve outcomes for victims and survivors. We will now reflect with the other participants on how to move forward and reach a broad consensus on the legislation. It`s a good day for Northern Ireland and a fresh start for de decentralised government. This agreement addresses the issues that have cast the most shadow over the future of decentralised institutions.
www.communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/department-communities-implementation-its-fresh-start-agreement-commitments Today`s agreement is another step towards the Government`s goal of building a better and safer future for all the citizens of Northern Ireland. Welfare reform has also been the subject of significant disagreements between elements of the executive (notably Sinn Féin) and the British government. The UK Department of Finance was determined that Northern Ireland would adopt the welfare reform and had fined the executive for failing to do so. Within the executive, the parties were divided. While Sinn Féin had opposed the adoption of social reform, the Democratic Unionist Party had tried to do so, arguing that it was inevitable and that failure to do so would result in further fines from London. One of the priority objectives of the Stormont House agreement, particularly from the point of view of the British Government, was to settle the welfare dispute and push through the reform. . .