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Assembly holding Executive to account essay structure possibility…

Assess the Assembly record at holding the executive to account since 2007… The Northern Ireland Assembly has a mixed record in holding the Executive to account since the St Andrew’s Agreement. It has a number of scrutiny instruments at its disposal such as committees, Question Time, Debates and the power to vote on measures in … Continue reading

Belfast Newsletter article – excellent for assessment on executive performance…

This very public spat between the minister for finance and the education minister illustrates lack of collective government. This can’t be good for executive performance… This article also outlines some of the things the executive has done and some of the things it hasn’t in the 12 months since the PfG. Click the link for … Continue reading

A&E chaos in NI: Who is to blame?

The story below outlines serious problems in the Belfast Trust. Follow the link at the end for the full story. Apparently Edwin Poots (The Minister) is being kept in the dark about the extent of the problems, but as Minister should he ensure he is more aware? Is it the Assembly Committees responsibility to reveal … Continue reading

What has NI Executive done 12 months on from PfG?

The link below summarises the key objectives and targets outlined by the Executive. Try to measure what the government has actually done against these targets 12 months on? http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15749455

NI Assembly votes to lower voting age to 16

Two things about this before you click the link below… 1. This will not change voting law as that’s in the purview of Westminster. Should it be? 2. Our youngest MLA is 21!! Life experience? Career politics? http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20227808

This video is an absolute MUST for NI Politics

http://education.niassembly.gov.uk/post_16/the_assembly_and_executive/video

SF paralysed by SDLP?

** Sinn Fein ‘paralysed’ by SDLP ** First Minister Peter Robinson launches a scathing attack on Sinn Fein, claiming its “fear” of the SDLP often paralyses its decisions.

UUP disarray continues…

The sacking of the deputy leader does nothing to enhance the leader’s position in the party and the UUP are increasingly becoming the joke of NI politics… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-19785580

UUP leader resigns as party goes deeper into the abyss…

** ‘I was undermined’ says Elliott ** Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott accuses some members of his party of blatantly undermining him and feeding “lies” to the press.

NHS reform splitting Tories

A brave move or a stupid one? As if there aren’t enough problems to sort out for this Tory government… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17002166 Check out the link above. Is this one that Davy will have to let go? If he toughs it out it seems that it’ll cost the lib dems more than the Tories…so he’ll probably … Continue reading