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Academic reflections on the Northern Ireland Assembly


Take a look at our second series of interviews (June 2016) with Professors Rick Wilford from Queen’s University Belfast and Cathy Gormley-Heenan from Ulster University. The videos represent their views on the 2016 Assembly election results, the performance of the Assembly and Executive in the 2011-16 mandate, challenges for the 2016-21 mandate and the introduction of opposition. They also address the question of whether or not the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement is still intact.

The 2016 election

The Assembly’s performance in the 2011 to 2016 mandate

The Executive’s performance in the 2011 to 2016 mandate

The Good Friday Agreement – is it still intact?

Challenges ahead

Prospects for a successful Official Opposition


Take a look at 5 short videos considering the topics of legislation, committees, elections, the relationship between the Assembly and the Executive, and the question, ‘Is Devolution working’?

The videos present views of Professor Rick Wilford from Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr Cathy Gormley-Heenan from Ulster University

At the end of each video, there are questions to stimulate discussion.



Is Devolution Working?


Relationship Between Assembly and Executive