2.In § 53 (agreements, etc.) of persons participating in the North-South. In the general elections, the DUP and Sinn Féin won seats, consolidating their position as two largest parties in the Assembly. Peter Hain signed the order to restore the institutions on March 25, warning that the meeting would be closed if the parties did not reach an agreement before midnight the next day. DUP and Sinn Féin members, led by Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, met face-to-face for the first time on 26 March and agreed to form an executive on 8 May, with the DUP firmly joining the government with Sinn Féin on that day. The deal was welcomed by Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern. On 27 March, an emergency bill was introduced in the UK Parliament to ease the six-week delay. The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement No 2) Bill was passed without a vote in the House of Commons and the Lords and received the Royal Note on the same evening as the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2007. The leader of the UK Unionist Party, Robert McCartney, reportedly rejected the power-sharing agreements of the new deal as undemocratic.  The St. Andrews Agreement also outlines the difficult issues that must be agreed upon by the two main parties to meet this timetable.
In the weeks following the agreement between Paisley and Adams, the four parties – the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP and SDLP – announced their choice of ministries within the executive branch and appointed members to fill them. The Assembly met on May 8, 2007 and elected Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as Prime Ministers and Deputy Prime Ministers. It has also ratified the ten ministers appointed by their parties. On 12 May, Sinn Féin and Chomhairle agreed to take three seats on the Police Board and appointed three MPs to take charge of them. A peace deal negotiated between the British and Irish governments and key politicians, including Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin and Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party. The agreement aimed to resume the peace process in Northern Ireland, which had stalled until 2005, when the IRA completed the destruction of its weapons. It provided for a takeover of Stormont and the establishment of a government in which Paisley would share power with Sinn Féin as prime minister after a referendum in Northern Ireland until 26 March 2007. Reg Empey, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, described the deal as a “Belfast deal for slow learners”. Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal an “incredible breakthrough” on BBC Radio Five Live. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said that if the deadlines set by the two governments were not met, “the plan will falter and there will be a step towards Plan B without further discussion.” Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley said: “Unionists can trust that their interests will be pushed forward and that democracy will eventually win.” He also said: “The implementation of the central issue of police and the rule of law begins now.” Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the plans had to be consulted, but that restoring political institutions was a “huge price”.
Ulster Unionist Party leader Reg Empey described the deal as a “Belfast deal for slow learners.” .