Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said today" "This is a good day for Northern Ireland and a fresh start for devolved government."
She was speaking at Stormont at the launch of "A Fresh Start: The Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan" - which followed 10 weeks of negotiations between the five main political parities in NI.
She said: "The Agreement deals with the issues that have cast the greatest shadow over the future of the devolved institutions here.
"This Agreement means that Northern Ireland's finances can be put back on a sustainable footing, ending the long-standing dispute over the budget.
"There will be a fresh emphasis on tackling paramilitarism and organised crime and clear declaration that such activity will never be tolerated."