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40 Beyond Violence: Conflict resolution process in N. Ireland District councils In ensuring such integration, district councils were the first institutions to be formally targeted. Northern Ireland has 26 local councils, which have, with varying degrees of resources and responsibility, been charged at differing times with local decision making about planning, community services, housing provision, and rate setting. Almost without exception such councils have exemplified the hostility that has pervaded much of Northern Ireland’s public life.

The closest the British government came to achieving such an agreement was in 1974, when the constitutional parties (that is, those parties who are committed to using only the democratic process, and not violence) agreed to a form of power sharing in government. This initiative survived for only five months before it was destroyed by the Loyalist paramilitaries who brought the region to a standstill by strike actions and road blockages. The British-Irish dimension In the mid-eighties, the British government, with great reluctance, and only because of the continuing violence, turned its attention to- 12 Beyond Violence: Conflict resolution process in N.

Ireland of services. These guidelines applied to all Northern Ireland government departments and all government agencies. Belfast Agreement Following the Belfast Agreement, many of the responsibilities for equality are now the responsibility of the Equality Commission which was set up in October 1999, taking over the responsibilities of the FEC (religion), the Equal Opportunities Commission (gender), the Commission for Racial Equality for Northern Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Disability Council.

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