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North-South Ministerial Council

The Council comprises Ministers from the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish Government. The aim of the Council is to develop consultation, co-operation, and implementation, on matters of mutual interest to the two states. Decisions on policy are implemented through the North-South Implementation Bodies. Further details about the North-South Ministerial Council are laid out in Strand Two of the Good Friday Agreement.

The North-South Ministerial Council (NSMC) was established on Thursday 2 December 1999 on the entry into force of the British-Irish Agreement. During the suspension of the devolved institutions from midnight on 14 October 2002 to 8 May 2007, the NSMC did not meet. During this period 213 Interim Procedure Decisions were taken by the two Governments under 'The Exchange of Notes' in relation to the Implementation Bodies and Tourism Ireland Limited.

Address of the North-South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat

North-South Ministerial Council
Joint Secretariat
39 Abbey Street
BT61 7EB

Northern Ireland Joint Secretary: 028 3751 8068
Irish Joint Secretary: 028 3751 1470 Web site:


North-South Implementation Bodies


Dates and Communiqués of Meetings of the North-South Ministerial Council

    Dates and Communiqués of the Plenary Meetings of the North-South Ministerial Council


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