The Assembly & Executive
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Theof Northern Ireland consists of the Assembly and the Executive. They carry out different roles.
The Assembly is made up ofby the people of Northern Ireland to their views. The Assembly meets in the of in the grounds of the Stormont Estate in Belfast.
The, is made up of . They are MLAs who are chosen by the Assembly to manage . Ministers make decisions about the services that we all need, such as hospitals, schools, roads and public transport. They meet in Stormont Castle, which is another part of the Stormont Estate.
Ministers also suggest new, called . The work of the Executive must be passed by the Assembly before it can be implemented. The Assembly may recommend changes before approving the work of the Executive.
As Ministers are appointed by the Assembly, the Assembly checks that they are doing a good job. This is called, or holding the Ministers to account.
Play the video to find out more about how the Assembly and Executive work together.