The Assembly was suspended on 14 October 2002 and Northern Ireland returned from Westminster to the direct rule. This was the second major suspension, the first between February and May 2000. This suspension lasted until May 8, 2007. It was reinstated following the St Andrews agreement in St Andrews, Scotland, in October 2006. Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal an “amazing breakthrough” on BBC Five Live. 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. 2.In Section 53 (agreements, etc., by people participating in North-South states… On December 8, 2007, during a visit by President Bush to the White House with Northern Ireland`s Prime Minister Ian Paisley, Martin McGuinness, The Deputy Prime Minister, told the press: “Until March 26 of this year, Ian Paisley and I have never had a conversation about anything – not even about the weather – and now we have been working very closely over the last seven months. and there were no angry words between us. … This shows that we are on a new trajectory.   The chairman of the British Unionist Party, Robert McCartney, reportedly rejected the power-sharing agreements in the new agreement as undemocratic.
 Key elements of the agreement included the full acceptance of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) by Sinn Féin, the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the commitment of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to share power with Irish Republicans in the Northern Ireland Executive. The government`s plan called for the decentralisation of police and justice powers within two years of the reinstatement of the Northern Ireland executive. The parties had until November 10, 2006 to respond to the draft agreement. The first and deputy prime ministers would be appointed on November 24, 2006. After the parliamentary elections of 7 March 2007, 26 March 2007 was set for a new executive. 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.