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Northern IrelandThe Reluctant Peace$
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Feargal Cochrane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178708

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178708.001.0001

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Delivery, Delivery, Delivery, 1999–2010

Delivery, Delivery, Delivery, 1999–2010

(p.225) Chapter Eight Delivery, Delivery, Delivery, 1999–2010
Northern Ireland

Feargal Cochrane

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the functions of devolved government in Northern Ireland established in 1999. The devolution did not grant Northern Ireland any tax-raising powers, but it did transfer legislative and administrative responsibility in key areas such as health, education, the environment, culture, and the arts to locally elected politicians. A cabinet-style “Executive” was formed, based on party strength within the elected 108-seat Assembly and led by the “first minister” and the “deputy first minister.” This was a whole new political infrastructure, a visible edifice of government that those who lived in Northern Ireland could engage with. There were now departments with budgets to spend, policies to deliver, responsible ministers, and an Assembly and committee structure to perform oversight functions and debate the issues. For Northern Ireland, it was quite a new experience, both for the politicians and for those who elected them.

Keywords:   devolved government, Northern Ireland, devolution, tax-raising powers, Assembly

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