About the North South Ministerial Council

Established under the terms of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) brings together those with executive responsibilities in Northern Ireland and in the Irish Government.

  • The NSMC’s role is to develop consultation, co-operation and action within the island of Ireland on matters of mutual interest with decisions made by agreement, North and South.
  • The NSMC has identified six areas for co-operation through existing bodies in each jurisdiction and six matters for co-operation through implementation bodies operating on a cross-border or all-island level.
  • The NSMC is supported by a Joint Secretariat, based in Armagh and staffed by civil servants from Northern Ireland and the Irish Government Civil Service.

The NSMC website can be found at www.northsouthministerialcouncil.org