The outcome of the Good Friday Agreement referendum.

The report features Gerald Barry in Dublin and Kevin Rafter in Belfast and includes an interview with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

For Taoiseach Bertie Ahern it was the culmination of long days and nights of intense negotiation. 

Six weeks previously a deal was done by the politicians at Stormont together with the Irish and British governments. Voters north and south went to the polls to give their verdict. By a huge majority in both parts of the island of Ireland, they said "yes" to the Good Friday Agreement.

After a long process of negotiation, An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern comments on what he expects to happen next with the new Northern Ireland executive. He hopes that representatives of the Ulster Unionist Party, the SDLP, and Sinn Féin can work together in the implementation of the agreement.

This special report was made available to international listeners in Africa, North America, Australia, and South East Asia, who were able to listen on shortwave to this weeks programme marking the referenda outcomes.

A 'This Week' report broadcast on 24 May 1998.