A joint inquiry is being set up by the Irish government and the Irish police, and will look into how a major peace process with the Democratic Unionist Party has been stalled since last year.
The Joint Parliamentary Inquiry into Northern Ireland (JPI), which was set up in May last year, will be chaired by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and be led by senior members of the Irish Police Service.
It will be led and supervised by Dame Denis MacSharry, former director of the Public Prosecution Service, who was recently appointed by Sinn Féin.
The inquiry will be looking at all aspects of the peace process between the two sides since last December’s Good Friday Agreement, which was signed by the two parties.
Ms Fitzgerald said the inquiry would be able to identify what actions were taken by the police, security services and other agencies in relation to the peace deal, including what measures were taken to protect those involved in the process.
It is expected that the inquiry will include members of both the Irish state and the United Kingdom, which have all signed up to the JPI.
Sinn Féins justice spokesman Peter Burke said that the commission’s findings were not an endorsement of the Good Friday agreement.
“This is not an investigation into the peace agreement.
We are in favour of the good, and there are issues that we are not happy with,” he said.”
We think that the good deal for Northern Ireland was worth a good deal of money, but that’s the problem.
It has been a failure and it is time to move on.”
The DUP was also strongly opposed to the Good Thursday Agreement, saying that it had not been a satisfactory outcome for the people of Northern Ireland.
The Good Friday deal saw the two main parties agreeing to hold a referendum on the peace arrangement, which would allow the British and Irish governments to agree to a new constitution.
The DUP is one of the main parties to the political divide between the DUP and Sinn FÉin, and it had previously rejected a deal with the United States, which it considered insufficient.
However, the two party agreement in 2017 resulted in the Good House Agreement, the second largest peace deal in Irish history, which saw the establishment of a border, the creation of a new postcode and the creation, among other things, of the Republic of Ireland.
Saoirse Ronan, a member of Sinn Fáil’s executive, said that this agreement had been a positive step forward.
“I hope that there will be a second agreement,” she said.
“The people of Ireland have the right to decide their future, and that is what we will do.”
But if we have to sit here and talk about an agreement that we cannot agree to, then we will sit here until we have had a proper dialogue.
“Ms Fitzgerald confirmed that she was seeking the backing of the Government of Northern Marlborough in relation a possible extension of the border, but did not elaborate on the specifics of that offer.
However she said that if the Northern Irish people had their way, the new agreement would have to be extended to the island of Ireland and the rest of the UK.”
If they want the peace to continue, then they have to have the agreement to continue,” she added.”
And if we don’t have a deal to continue in Northern Ireland, then that’s not good enough.
“So I hope that we can move on with that.
We can look at any proposals for a future agreement.”