The government rushed Tuesday to enact a landmark accord torestore power-sharing in
Long-time arch foes Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams made history on Monday byholding their first-ever face-to-face meeting, clinching an accord only hoursahead of a midnight deadline set by
Specifically they agreed to restore power-sharing on May 8, as demanded byDemocratic Unionist (DUP) chief Paisley, who wants more time to assess thecommitment of Adams's Sinn Fein party to policing in
The accord was welcomed above all by Blair, who has pushed for a
The emergency British legislation was expected to securecross-party support in the parliament in
Paisley and Adams were figureheads of
The Northern Ireland Assembly was created by the landmark 1998 Good Fridaypeace agreement, which aimed to form a lasting settlement followingparamilitary ceasefires.
The assembly has been suspended since October 2002 when allegations surfacedof a republican spy-ring operating at the Belfast parliament buildings, andNorthern Ireland has been governed directly from London ever since.
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