NI Governance Background

1921-1972 The island of Ireland formerly constituted a single country and legal system which prior to 1919/22 was part of the United Kingdom.  Northern Ireland was established as a separate legal system by the Government of Ireland Act 1920.  Under this legislation, a considerable amount of governmental powers were devolved to Northern Ireland. The transferred […]

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NI Devolution

Northern Ireland Act The Northern Ireland Act 1998 as amended, in effect comprises the Constitution of Northern Ireland.  It declares that Northern Ireland in its entirety remains part of the United Kingdom and shall not cease to be so without the consent of a majority of the people in Northern Ireland. There is provision for […]

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British-Irish Arrangements

British-Irish Council The  British-Irish Council (BIC) was established under a British-Irish (Good Friday) Agreement to promote the harmonious and mutually beneficial development of the totality of relationships among the peoples of these islands. Membership of the BIC comprises representatives of the British and Irish Governments, devolved institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and, if […]

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North-South Arrangements

North / South Ministerial Council The  North/South Ministerial Council was established to bring together those with executive responsibilities in Northern Ireland and the Irish Government, to develop consultation, co-operation and action within the island of Ireland – including through implementation on an all-island and cross-border basis – on matters of mutual interest within the competence […]

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NI Executive

First and Deputy First Minister Within seven days after the meeting of the Assembly, the offices of the First Minister and deputy First Minister are filled, in accordance with the following provisions. The largest political party of the largest political designation nominates the First Minister. The largest political party of the second largest political designation […]

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NI Assembly

Holding Elections Elections are to take place in the first Thursday in May in every fourth calendar year following that for which the predecessor was elected.  This term was extended to five years by the Northern Ireland Act 2014.  The Secretary of State may change the date by order for periods of up to two […]

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