Evolution of Devolution
What events lead to the creation of the?
Thewas set up after the was reached on Good Friday, 10 April 1998. It was the result of peace talks, between in Northern Ireland and the Governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland. They wanted to find a way to end of the previous 30 years by making sure the different communities could contribute their ideas on how Northern Ireland should be governed.
They agreed that Northern Ireland should have a special type ofgovernment. This meant that and political parties would share the power to make decisions about Northern Ireland. in charge of would be drawn from both communities. The and deputy First Minister, one unionist and one nationalist, would have equal powers.
After the Agreement, thehanded over powers to make laws and decisions about Northern Ireland to the new Assembly and of Ministers. Delegating powers from a central to a regional government is called . The issues that regional or ‘devolved’ governments make decisions on are called .
Scotland and Wales have devolved governments too, but the Northern Ireland system is different because of our history.