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Parliament building in Belfast ...

 

"Parliament Buildings, often referred to as Stormont because of its location (with view on Belfast) in the Stormont Estate area of Belfast, is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved legislature for the region. The Executive or government is located at Stormont Castle."

In a Greek classical style,  the Parliament was built by Stewart & Partners and opened by Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), on 16 November 1932.

 

"Northern Ireland has now had two years without a functioning government.

 What went wrong?

In Northern Ireland, the government's power must be shared between two different political parties. This is a result of something called the Good Friday Agreement, which came about to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

The First Minister and Deputy First Minister lead the government - one representing each of the two parties in power. Although they have different job titles, they basically have the same powers and must work together. Together, they are referred to as the Northern Ireland Executive.

But two years ago there was a power-sharing argument between the two governing parties (the DUP - or Democratic Unionist Party - and Sinn Fein), which led to the government at Stormont being dissolved - and it has yet to form again."

 

On  the right below you see The Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast,  "the home of the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland established under the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978. This comprises the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal, High Court of Northern Ireland and the Crown Court in Northern Ireland. This building in Chichester Street was built between 1928 and 1933 by James Grey West and is a local landmark. The building was opened in 1933 by His Excellency The 3rd Duke of Abercorn, Governor of Northern Ireland.The architect was Sir Richard Allison. It suffered from bomb damage in 1990 but has since been restored." There are still stonewalls and fences.

 

Parliament building in Belfast ...

 

"Parliament Buildings, often referred to as Stormont because of its location (with view on Belfast) in the Stormont Estate area of Belfast, is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved legislature for the region. The Executive or government is located at Stormont Castle."

In a Greek classical style,  the Parliament was built by Stewart & Partners and opened by Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), on 16 November 1932.

 

"Northern Ireland has now had two years without a functioning government.

 What went wrong?

In Northern Ireland, the government's power must be shared between two different political parties. This is a result of something called the Good Friday Agreement, which came about to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

The First Minister and Deputy First Minister lead the government - one representing each of the two parties in power. Although they have different job titles, they basically have the same powers and must work together. Together, they are referred to as the Northern Ireland Executive.

But two years ago there was a power-sharing argument between the two governing parties (the DUP - or Democratic Unionist Party - and Sinn Fein), which led to the government at Stormont being dissolved - and it has yet to form again."

 

On  the right below you see The Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast,  "the home of the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland established under the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978. This comprises the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal, High Court of Northern Ireland and the Crown Court in Northern Ireland. This building in Chichester Street was built between 1928 and 1933 by James Grey West and is a local landmark. The building was opened in 1933 by His Excellency The 3rd Duke of Abercorn, Governor of Northern Ireland.The architect was Sir Richard Allison. It suffered from bomb damage in 1990 but has since been restored." There are still stonewalls and fences.

 

comments (7)

  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 24 Sep 2019, 05:40
The DUP Have failed to agree an Irish language bill to pass, similar to the ones in Wales and Scotland, and in contravention of the GoodFriday Agreement. This an other failings caused Sinn Fein to refuse to re-enter government until they agree to these matters.
Philine: You are well informed, Chad! I agree with you. Enjoy your voyage in the Baltic Sea, hopefully not arranged by Thomas Cook's company.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Sep 2019, 06:39
The governance of Northern Ireland is a good example of how democracy can be subverted in the light of instincts that are both negative and tribal. It always amazes me the population put up with his sort of old fashioned nonsense. But they do..
Philine: You might be right, read also Bill's comment. Many thanks, Chris!
It is laughable to think that a party that can't even run Northern Ireland affairs, under an agreement that they signed up to, has been propping up a British government in Westminster. The leader of that party is not an MP at Westminster and fulfils no function in Northern Ireland but is regarded as important.
Philine: I completely agree with you - thank you very much, Bill!
Voilà  un site impressionnant !
Philine: Merci bien, Claudine!
I really like the top right picture, and Stormont itself is a fine looking building. Sadly, after todays events, is there anywhere in the U.K.one can feel comfortable with any of our politicians regardless of their party, there must be millions like me utterly frustrated by the whole situation, I've never known anything like it in all my 75 years.
Philine: I understand your feeling, Brian, although we might have different political opinions. Many thanks, Brian!
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Sep 2019, 20:15
Both building has a very different style, the left one somehow looks like a fortress...
Philine: Heel bedankt, beste Salima, voor jouw commentaren!
you captured four magnificent images from your bus Philine....petersmile
Philine: Thank you very much, peter!

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