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Parliament Buildings Home of the Northern Ireland Assembly
The Northern Ireland Assembly Established under the ‘Belfast/Good Friday Agreement’ of 10 April First election to the Assembly – 25 June Power was first handed over on 2 December The Assembly was suspended on 14 October Second elections to the Assembly – 26 Nov St Andrews Agreement – 13 October 2006 Third election – 7 March 2007 Powers were restored on 8 May 2007.
Current Party Representation Social Democratic and Labour Party 16 Democratic Unionist Party 36 Sinn Fein 28 The Alliance Party 7 Progressive Unionist Party 1 Green Party 1 Independent Health Coalition 1 Ulster Unionist Party 18 Total = 108 MLAs * formed 16 May 2007
Northern Ireland Assembly Party Leaders DUPSFUUP SDLPAPNIPUP Green Party Member Ind Health Coalition Ian Paisley Reg Empey Mark Durkan David Ford Dawn Purvis Brian Wilson Gerry Adams Kieran Deeny
Devolution The transfer of certain powers from a central government to a regional government. Allows decisions to be made at a level closer to the people they affect. Central government retains power over certain areas. Northern Ireland continues to elect MPs to House of Commons The Secretary of State continues to represent NI’s interests in Cabinet.
108 Elected Members including Speaker & Deputy Speakers First and Deputy First Ministers AssemblyExecutive Committee ‘Cabinet’ 10 Executive Department Ministers The Governance of Northern Ireland The Committee System
The Speaker Elected by the House to preside over meetings of the NI Assembly Maintains a politically neutral stance – has no vote. Ensures that procedures are followed and order is maintained in the Chamber. 3 Deputy Speakers: –John Dallat SDLP –Francie Molloy SF –David McClarty UUP Mr William Hay MLA
What’s happening now? A Draft Programme for Government is in preparation. Plenary debates on topics of interest to MLAs. Statutory Committees established; each is being briefed by Depts and formulating forward work plans. Executive is considering legislative programme
2007/2008 Legislative Programme Taxis Bill Libraries Bill Education Structures Bill Public Authorities Reform Bill Diseases of Animals Bill Road Freight Licensing Bill Pensions Bill Presumption of Death Bill Charities Bill Budget Bills Building Regulations Bill Civil Registration Bill Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill Children (Emergency Protection Orders) Bill Public Health (Amendment) Bill Child Maintenance Bill Mesothelioma Bill
Assembly Operation Monday and Tuesday sittings (public) Question Time on Mondays pm Adjournment debates Written and oral questions
Committees Most of the day-to-day work of the Assembly is done in Committees. 3 types of Committees: Statutory Standing Ad Hoc Membership of Committees broadly reflects party strength in the Assembly. Most Committees have 11 members. Meetings are usually held weekly and last 2 – 3 hours.
Committee Inquiry Process Terms of Reference Written Evidence Oral Evidence Published Report
Coming Soon? More modernity? Intensified scrutiny More boring politics Assembly and Executive Review Committee Relationship with local government? Relationship with other countries?
Programme for Government Growing a dynamic, innovative economy Promoting tolerance, inclusion, health & well-being Protecting and enhancing our environment and natural resources Investing in our infrastructure Deliver modern high quality and efficient public services Investment Strategy
Questions – oral and written Adjournment Debates Full debates in plenary Petitions Committee Inquiries Committee Visits Maximise your impact
Get to know the MLAs Attend committee meetings Attend plenary business Ask an MLA to sponsor an event Invite MLAs to events, launches, celebrations Ask an MLA for a quote Maximise your impact
Lobbying MLAs What is lobbying? Who can lobby the Assembly? Who do I lobby? Does lobbying get results? –Draft Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) successfully annulled through trade union lobbying.
Department of Social Development Committee Anna Lo Alliance Gregory Campbell Chair DUP Jonathan Craig DUP David Hilditch Deputy Chair DUP Michelle McIlveen DUP Mickey Brady Sinn Fein Fra McCann Sinn Fein Mrs Claire McGill Sinn Fein Thomas Burns SDLP Alban Maginness SDLP Fred Cobain UUP Committee Clerk: Marie Austin (028)
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