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Agreement Reached on Departments and Cross-border Bodies, 18 December 1998
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Research: Fionnuala McKenna
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In the early hours of the morning of Friday 18 December 1998,
after 18 hours of talks, the pro-Agreement parties at Stormont
made a significant breakthrough in the implementation of the Good
Friday Agreement, and consequently the peace process.
The parties reached accommodation on a list of ten departments for the future government of Northern Ireland, and six cross-border implementation bodies comprising ministers from North and South of the border for the first time. These are listed briefly below. A joint statement providing further details on this agreement was issued later that day by First Minister David Trimble and Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon.
Summary List of Departments and Cross-Border Bodies