18.The Irish Government will play a role in parts of a new legacy process. There is a need to maintain a collaborative approach to help resolve Degacy cases, which we have heard has not always been the case in the past. The best way to achieve this is through the UK Government adopting a policy of reasonable and appropriate cooperation with the Irish Government, as provided for in the Stormont House Agreement. „In the past, peacebuilding in Northern Ireland was based on building consensus and consensus,“ the report added. Welfare reform has also been the subject of significant disagreements between elements of the executive (notably Sinn Féin) and the British government. The UK Department of Finance was determined that Northern Ireland would adopt the welfare reform and had fined the executive for failing to do so. Within the executive, the parties were divided. While Sinn Féin had opposed the adoption of social reform, the Democratic Unionist Party had tried to do so, arguing that it was inevitable and that failure to do so would result in further fines from London. One of the priority objectives of the Stormont House agreement, particularly from the point of view of the British Government, was to settle the welfare dispute and push through the reform.

9.Our previous committee in the previous Parliament conducted an inquiry examining the draft law, but this investigation was limited by the parliamentary elections of December 2019, before a report could be published14 In response to this question, different views were expressed. Concerns have been expressed about the role and powers of the institutions in the draft law, in particular of WEU. Among the main differences of opinion were the extent of WEU`s investigative powers, the inclusion of „non-criminal police misconduct“ in the EMU`s jurisdiction, and CIER`s ability to verify information.15 Submissions regarding our 2020 investigation also contained a number of views on the Stormont House agreement and the bill. Some felt that the Stormont House Agreement`s proposals still offered the best way forward.16 Others, however, welcomed the change in direction17 In the WMS, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said that „the agreement was an important milestone, but did not prevent the debate from continuing“.18 13.In the WMS, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has outlined a new framework to tackle the legacy burdens of northern Ireland. With regard to the NIO`s public consultation on the 2018 draft law, Mr. Hoare added: „It is understandable that the way we approach the legacy of the Troubles is a huge challenge. One of the main changes defined in the WMS was the move to a single independent body to monitor new burdens inherited from the past. The agency would be responsible for both conducting investigations and restoring information, unlike the separate UEU and CIER institutions outlined in the Stormont House Agreement.

Emphasis would also be placed on collecting information for families. Under the new plans, cases that do not reach the threshold of a full police investigation would be permanently closed, with a legal ban for future investigations26 The government`s new proposals will be discussed in more detail in Chapter 4. 20. The Government rightly recognises the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland by decoupling the burdens inherited from the past from the Overseas Operations Act (service staff and veterans). All attempts to merge these two must be resisted. After the Good Friday and St Andrews Agreements, which brought about and restored devolution in Northern Ireland, several problems were not resolved by the political parties in Northern Ireland. Issues related to The Troubles` legacy, including victims` rights and the investigation of historical criminal activity, have not been compromised between the Unionist and Nationalist communities. .

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