The agreement consists of two interconnected documents, both agreed in Belfast on Good Friday, 10 April 1998: London`s direct dominance ended in Northern Ireland when power was formally transferred to the new Northern Ireland Assembly, the North-South Council of Ministers and the Anglo-Irish Council, when the original provisions of the Agreement between Colombia and Ireland entered into force on 2 December 1999.    In accordance with Article 4(2) of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (Agreement between the British and Irish Governments for the implementation of the Belfast Agreement), the two governments must inform each other in writing of compliance with the conditions for the entry into force of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. entry into force should take place upon receipt of those two notifications.  The British government agreed to participate in a televised ceremony at Iveagh House in Dublin, the Irish Foreign Office. Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, took part very early on 2 December 1999. He spoke with David Andrews, the Irish Foreign Secretary. Shortly after the ceremony, at 10.30am, the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, signed the declaration of formal amendment to Articles 2 and 3 of the Irish Constitution. He then announced to Dáil the entry into force of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (including certain supplementary agreements to the Belfast Agreement).   Under these conditions, power-sharing proved impossible.
Meanwhile, voters in every municipality began to turn away from moderate parties, and instead, support for Sinn Féin and the DUP increased, supplanting the SDLP and UUP. For much of the decade following the Good Friday Agreement, decentralization was suspended because the main parties in each community were unable to reach an agreement on power-sharing. Progress has been made on dismantling, confirmed in September 2005, but a political agreement has remained elusive. Finally, in October 2006, the British and Irish governments held crunch talks in St Andrews. . . .