In October 2006, the British and Irish governments met in St Andrews to try to reach an agreement on the decentralisation of power in Northern Ireland. The Journey is a fictional report on the relationship between Paisley and McGuinness during the political negotiations in Scotland, which culminated in the St Andrews Agreement in 2006 and paved the way for a once unthinkable partnership with power-sharing. The leading roles are played by Timothy Spall as Paisley, former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, and Star Trek actor Colm Meaney as McGuinness, Sinn Féin politician and former IRA chief of staff. The joint statement of 13 October stated that the governments had “asked the parties, after hearing from their members, to confirm their agreement by 10 November”. In a statement, Sinn Féin said that “on 6 November, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle instructed the party leadership to follow the course of action taken in St Andrews and to continue the ongoing negotiations to resolve the outstanding issues” and that they are “firmly convinced that all outstanding difficulties can be resolved.” According to the DUP statement, “As Sinn Féin is not yet ready to take the decisive step in police work, the DUP will not be obliged to engage on any aspect of power-sharing before that certainty.” While neither statement “accepted” the agreement, both governments stated that there was sufficient support from all parties to continue the process. In the weeks following the Agreement between Paisley and Adams, the four parties – DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP and SDLP – indicated their choice of ministries within the executive and appointed members to fill. The Assembly met on 8 May 2007 and elected Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as Premier and Deputy Prime Minister. It also ratified the ten ministers appointed by their parties. On 12 May, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle agreed to hold three seats on the police committee and appointed three MLAs to take. Most politicians are there for the public service. And besides, we do not respond to it to get rich.
The film is a salute to the guys who just say brave things and don`t just address their base. But the film of Nick Hamm and Colin Bateman remains a fun and captivating story. The St Andrews Agreement (Irish: Comhaonté Chill R`mhinn; Ulster Scots: St Andra`s `Greement, St Andrew`s Greeance or St Andrae`s Greeance) is an agreement between the British and Irish governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland on the decentralisation of power in the region. The agreement was the result of multi-party discussions that took place from 11 to 13 October 2006 in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. It led to the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the formation (on 8 May 2007) of a new executive power in Northern Ireland and a decision by Sinn Féin to support the Northern Ireland Police Service, the courts and the rule of law. Here we are in October 2006 and the northern Ireland peace process will discuss a new agreement in St Andrews, Scotland. Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness meet for the first time and negotiations begin. Paisley, however, is due to return to his wife`s home in Northern Ireland for her 50th wedding anniversary. Bad weather closes the nearby airport, so it is proposed to drive Paisley to another airport where a private jet will take him home.