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Northern Ireland Politics
The Good Friday Agreement
The `Belfast Agreement' or `Good Friday Agreement' was signed on 10 April 1998 by the British and
Irish Governments.

The majority of political parties in Northern Ireland supported the Agreement, which was the
culmination of a `peace process' designed to address the issues…

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Major issues to the DUP
Good Friday agreement - Anti-agreement (Belfast agreement) Think it is "fatally flawed"
and want a total re-negotiation. Still opposed to it but recast the agreement at St
Andrews.
Powersharing - "No negotiation with unreconstructed terrorists" to 2005. Are now in
government with SF since the…

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In 2009 the party agreed to an electoral alliance with the Conservative Party and the two
parties fielded joint candidates for elections to the House of Commons and the European
Parliament under the banner of "Ulster Conservatives and Unionists ­ New Force"

The UUP on major issues
Good Friday agreement…

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Decommissioning- Want both IRA and Loyalists to decommission but recognise the
democratic will of the people and so are willing to powershare with SF.
Suspensions - Main problem for SDLP has been the extraordinary growth in support for SF
in all Catholic/Nationalist areas. Class differences.
Issues 2006-2010 - Opposed to…

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Sinn Féin won 178,224 votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2011 giving them
29 MLAs in the Northern Ireland Assembly, making them the second largest political party in
Northern Ireland.

Sinn Fein on Major issues
Good Friday agreement - Support the GFA because it helps them in relation to…

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It scrutinises the actions of Ministers and their Departments, including proposals for new
laws - Bills. The Assembly does this through its work in the Assembly Chamber and
in Committees.



Role of an MLA
1. Representation to represent his or her constituents, ask questions to ministers and Office
of the…

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Minister (OFMdFM). The Committee for the OFMdFM co-ordinates the work of the Executive.
It is sometimes called the `Twelfth Department'.
The roles and responsibilities given to Statutory Committees under the Agreement and Northern
Ireland Act (1998) are deliberately extensive. This is because of the lack of formal
party opposition in…

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Making Legislation
The Northern Ireland Assembly is a devolved legislature. This means it has the power to make laws,
or legislate, on issues that affect the everyday lives of people in Northern Ireland. These issues
are called Transferred or Devolved Matters.

The power to make laws
The Assembly can make…

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the Speaker announces this at the next plenary sitting of the Assembly. The Bill is now an Act
of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The enacted law may come into effect at once, or after a
period of time.

How long does it take to pass a law?
Bills usually take…

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