Northern Ireland`s leaders face difficult challenges in providing basic services and managing denominational divisions. One of the most urgent tasks is to improve health services, which have become increasingly mired in crisis after the collapse of local authorities. About three hundred thousand people – about one-sixth of the population – were on waiting lists for health care by the end of 2019, and nurses and other employees went on strike in December of that year to protest lower wages than the rest of the UK. Until February 2020, many health unions had agreed with the government on higher wages and other demands on whether the health sector was on a sustainable path but remains open. The agreement recognises Northern Ireland`s constitutional status as an integral part of the United Kingdom and reflects the wishes of the majority of citizens. But he also established a principle of approval – that a united Ireland could emerge if and if a majority of the population of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland wanted to. In this case, the British government would be required to hold a referendum and respect the result. Ulster Leader Holds On, but Power Lessens in Vote (26 March 2000) David Trimble took on a surprisingly strong challenge to his leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party, but with his authority and leeway in conducting peace negotiations. – Unionist vote on a confrontation on the Irish Pact (25 March 2000) Although politicians still disagree, there has been no return to the violence that has been observed in Northern Ireland. It`s a much more peaceful place, and many say it`s Good Friday agreement. In recent days, Mr Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern have travelled to Belfast to participate in the talks and the agreement was finally announced by George Mitchell on the afternoon of 10 April 1998.
Ulster Peace Accord Wins The support of the Protestant Party (19 April 1998) northern Ireland`s largest political party, the Ulster Unionists, beat growing internal opposition and voted in favour of the peace agreement, which aimed to end decades of violent struggles between the two main religious groups in the British province. In a major compromise, the parties agreed on measures to promote the Irish language, which trade unionists have long opposed to the fear that it will increase nationalist and republican culture to the detriment of their own. In return, the agreement contained provisions to promote Ulster-Scots, traditionally spoken by descendants of Protestants from Scotland to Northern Ireland. Negotiations were also reinforced by commitments in Dublin and London for increased funding for hospitals, schools and other social services in Northern Ireland. The region`s political parties still disagree and are deadlocked. Many hope that a peaceful power-sharing agreement can soon be restored. The peace process in Northern Ireland is often seen as the events leading up to the 1994 Provisional Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire, the end of most of the riot violence, the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and subsequent political developments.  Irish Voters Give Yes Resounding to Peace (24 May 1998) Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Northern Ireland overwhelmingly supported the peace agreement to resolve the centuries-old sectarian conflict on their island. Voters found a real chance for peace irresistible (24 May 1998) The agreement defined a complex set of provisions in a number of areas, including: the agreement marked an obligation of “mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms of all in the Community” and the United Kingdom agreed to enshrine the European Convention on Human Rights in Northern Ireland law.