Deals with "north-south" structures on the island. The governments are proposing a new all-Ireland "ministerial council" in parallel with the planned Northern
Ireland assembly to stimulate cooperation-operation in areas such as tourism and economic development.
What the Unionists think?
Unionists resist the idea of a powerful council, saying it should simply have a consultative role across the border. Unionists say a dynamic north-south council would be an all-Ireland government in embryo, something which is anathema to them. They want Ireland to recognize Northern Ireland as part of Britain and to drop its constitutional claim to the territory.
What the Nationalists think?
Nationalists say a "north-south council" must be a stand-alone structure with an executive, high-powered role. Their fear is that a low-key Northern Ireland assembly lacking status and power, and subject to unionist control, will stymie the potential of the all-island ministerial body. Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, which wants an end to British rule, says Dublin must not water down its claim to Northern Ireland.