The Ulster Unionist Council narrowly votes to reenter government in Northern Ireland.

The power-sharing executive will meet again next week after David Trimble's narrow victory at the meeting of the Ulster Unionist Ruling Council in Belfast.

The 860 council members debated for three hours whether or not to go back into government with Sinn Féin. In the end the decision was very close with a slender margin.  

53% of the delegates voted in favour of accepting the deal on the basis of the IRA pledge to open its arms dumps for inspection. 47% voted against the move.

Following the vote, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party David Trimble said the debate had been vigorous but he appealed for party unity and warned republicans that they must pursue their political objectives peacefully.

If there’s any delay, there will be difficulties. I’m not laying down conditions. I don’t have any complaints on that score.  I’m simply saying that the promises that have been made have to be kept.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 May 2000. The reporter is Michael Fisher.