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Northern Ireland Assembly (1973)

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Northern Ireland Assembly (1973)

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Northern Ireland
Interim bodies
Elections
Members
See also

The Northern Ireland Assembly was a legislative assembly set up by the Government of the United Kingdom on 3 May 1973 to restore devolved government to Northern Ireland with the power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive made up of unionists and nationalists.

Elections were held on 28 June 1973. The Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973, which received the Royal Assent on 18 July 1973, abolished the suspended Parliament of Northern Ireland and the post of Governor and made provision for a devolved administration consisting of an Executive chosen by the Assembly. 108 members were elected by Single Transferable Vote from Northern Ireland's 18 Westminster constituencies, with 5 to 8 seats for each depending on its population. The Assembly met for the first time on 31 July 1973. Following the Sunningdale Agreement, a power-sharing Executive was established from 1 January 1974. After opposition from within the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Ulster Workers' Council strike, the Executive and Assembly collapsed on 28 May 1974 when Brian Faulkner resigned as Chief Executive.

Members of the Northern Ireland Executive (1974)

Legislation passed

The Assembly had powers to pass primary legislation known as Assembly Measures. Two such measures were passed by the assembly:

  • Financial Provisions Measure (Northern Ireland) 1974
  • National Insurance Measure (Northern Ireland) 1974

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