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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


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.

DUP & SF differ on economic policy and financial independence.

Sf are pushing for more fiscal power and independence. The DUP don’t think we could sustain ourselves in NI. With £9bn coming straight from British treasury SF are probably being overly ambitious and they also want to raise taxes (perish the thought!). The SDLP take a more pragmatic approach and suggest we continue to get … Continue reading

Assembly & Executive podcast – worth a listen…


A fracking mess…

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster didn’t declare an interest in the ‘fracking‘ process (which is supposed to find new natural gas sources) in Fermanagh despite fifty four acres of the land being in her husband’s name allegedly 🙂 . BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15873655 “Resign” shouts the Green Party’s Stephen Agnew! “No. It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t make the … Continue reading

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