Stormont talks: What are the key points in the draft deal?

Stormont's Parliament Buildings Image copyright Reuters Image caption The draft deal was presented at Stormont

Stormont parties are considering the details of a draft deal to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

The text, New Decade, New Approach, was published by the British and Irish governments on Thursday night.

It sets out a plan of action for a new executive and commitments from the two governments.

Here are some of the key points in the 62-page document:

Image copyright PA Image caption The deal would bring about the parties’ commitment to ending ongoing industrial action by healthcare staff

  • Executive will settle the ongoing pay dispute
  • A new action plan on waiting times
  • Reform the health and social care system in line with the Bengoa, Delivering Together and Power to People reports
  • An extra 900 nursing and midwifery undergraduate places over three years
  • A mental health action plan published within two months
  • Executive will fund three cycles of IVF treatment
  • New graduate entry medical school in Londonderry


  • Executive will work to resolve the teachers’ industrial action
  • Ensure every school has a sustainable core budget
  • External independent review of education provision
  • New special educational needs framework
  • Expert group to examine links between educational underachievement and socio-economic background

Image caption There have been calls for an Irish language act to be implemented in Northern Ireland
Petition of concern

  • The mechanism, which was designed to safeguard minority interests in the assembly, will return to its intended purpose
  • Parties commit to using it as a last resort
  • Petition can still be triggered by the support of 30 MLAs, but it needs members from two or more parties (this can include independent MLAs)

Language and tradition

  • An Office of Identity and Cultural Expression “to celebrate and support all aspects of Northern Ireland’s rich cultural and linguistic heritage”
  • New Commissioner “to recognise, support, protect and enhance the development of the Irish language in Northern Ireland”
  • New Commissioner “to enhance and develop the language, arts and literature associated with the Ulster Scots / Ulster British tradition”
  • Official recognition of both Irish and Ulster-Scots languages in Northern Ireland
  • Any person can conduct their business in Irish or Ulster-Scots before the Assembly or one of its committees

Image caption The York Street Interchange is among the key infrastructure projects referenced in the draft deal

  • Executive to benefit from increased capital infrastructure funding ‘as a result of the UK government’s infrastructure revolution’
  • Capital projects such as the A5 and A6 road projects, a new York Street Interchange, Narrow Water bridge and sewage investment could benefit

Anything else?

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