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Good Friday Agreement

The 1998 peace agreement for Northern Ireland between the British and Irish governments resulted in a new power-sharing government that included both Unionists and Nationalists. It is often called the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ because it was reached on that day, 10 April, in 1998.

This collection is created to support the study of Politics & Society and in particular the following student expectations and topics:

2.2 - Describe the way in which the Northern Ireland Executive is selected and the ministers' roles.

4.3 - Acknowledging differences and negotiating and resolving conflicts.

5.3 - The idea of equality in relation to rights.

A brief animated video explaining the Agreement


Highlighted resources for class

Teaching the Good Friday Agreement: Classroom Activities

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/28053/27789.pdf Added: 20 Aug 2018 Contributor: Donal Mc Carthy Resource type: Lesson Plan / Worksheet

Designed for GCSE History but includes some usable worksheets and classroom activities for teaching about the background and details of the Good Friday Agreement in any context.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 4. Citizenship: Rights & Responsibilities

Strand unit: 3. Negotiating & Resolving Conflicts

Suggestions for use: Worksheets and classroom activities are very usable for group work to support an understanding of how the GFA helped resolve conflict in Northern Ireland.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Quiz: Northern Ireland Power and Decision Making

https://www.flexiquiz.com/SC/N/ec88746b-c1fb-496f-b3a1-ccb0dfd4f3d4 Added: 29 Aug 2018 Contributor: Donal Mc Carthy Resource type: Assessment / Tool

Short quiz covering most of the important terms and institutions in the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly set up by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 2. Power & Decision Making: National/EU

Strand unit: 2. How Executive Branch of Gov't is Selected

Suggestions for use: Assessment for Learning tool to be used to check if students have learned the key elements that make the Northern Ireland Governmental and Electoral systems unique. Can be used in conjunction with the handouts on the NI Executive, NI Assembly, NI First Minister and NI deputy First Minister also available on Scoilnet.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Good Friday Agreement: Full Text

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/28050/27786.pdf Added: 20 Aug 2018 Contributor: Donal Mc Carthy Resource type: Primary Source

The full text of the 1998 Northern Ireland Peace Agreement (Good Friday Agreement) in pdf format.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 4. Citizenship: Rights & Responsibilities

Strand unit: 3. Negotiating & Resolving Conflicts

Suggestions for use: Not to be used in its entirety but teachers could cut and past relevant passages when introducing the topic or ask students to skim the document to find reference to specific institutions or principles established by the GFA

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Videos

Three short videos that explain elements of the Agreement. To find other videos - search for 'Good Friday Agreement' and filter Resource Type by 'Audio / Video'.

Explaining the D'hondt formula

Detailed BBC documentary (60mins)
Reflections from key people involved in the negotiations (30 mins)

Ready-made Presentations for Class

Handouts for Class

The role of the Northern Ireland Executive

How the Northern Ireland assembly is chosen

The role of the First Minister

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