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Devolution vs Direct Rule

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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

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

How effective are Assembly committees?

Ok, we discussed how to approach this essay in class. Now here are a few pointers to remind you of what to include: Place the essay in a broad context – 108 member assembly ‘Executive led’ and dominated by ‘party animals’ – 105 MLAs in governing parties!!! Legacy of sectarian division The four types of … Continue reading