"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."
"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.
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