At the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rose, Ahern said that after years of failed talks and discussions on the back channel, progress was made slowly in the 1990s. A dialogue between SDLP leader John Hume and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has taken steps towards consensus across the nationalist community, while weapons announced by the IRA and loyalist weapons in 1994 have also been praised. The provisions of the agreement on economic and social reform were implemented until the year 2000. Although the government has recovered economically after ten years of signing the Good Friday Agreement, the government`s active participation in economic activities has created great confidence in the private sector for investment. Between 1998 and January 2000, the unemployment rate quickly fell from about 9% to less than 5%. The Northern Ireland Act 1998 also provides the legal basis for the various institutions defined in the multi-party agreement. As stipulated in the Good Friday Agreement and the terms of office of Schedule B, the Review Group was formed, consisting of four officials representing the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Chancellor, the Attorney General and five independent experts. The audit group held its first meeting on 1 July 1998 and published a consultation paper on 27 August 1998 that distributed copies of the document to political parties, politicians, churches, the judiciary, and a number of voluntary and local organizations interested in the issue. The group has reviewed the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland over the past 30 years, reviewed recent legislative changes and visited the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States to examine how other jurisdictions create criminal justice.1 2. Participants also noted that, as part of this comprehensive political agreement, the two governments committed to proposing or supporting amendments to the Irish Constitution or UK legislation on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. The agreement was approved by voters across the island of Ireland in two referendums on 22 May 1998. In Northern Ireland, in the 1998 referendum on the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, voters were asked if they supported the multi-party agreement.
In the Republic of Ireland, voters were asked whether they would allow the state to sign the agreement and authorize the necessary constitutional changes (nineteen constitutional amendments from Ireland) to facilitate it.