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The following links provide information about the political process, political parties, and elections in Northern Ireland. Additional material will be added to this section as it becomes available. Users should also look at information contained in the section on the Peace Process.


  • selected reading list

  • Information on the Devolved Government in Northern Ireland including the Northern Ireland Assembly, Executive and other institutions

  • House of Commons Information Office. (2000) Northern Ireland Business and Legislation House of Commons Factsheets - L No 8 (Previously Factsheet 15) Revised July 2000 [PDF 39k]

  • politics in Northern Ireland
  • details of Westminster Governments, Prime Ministers, and Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland, 1968 to the present

  • contact details for the 26 Local Councils in Northern Ireland

  • chronological list of the main political initiatives

  • an outline of the main political 'solutions' to the conflict

  • political parties

  • Double Jobbing and Family Connections in politics:
    • The list of Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) who employ relatives using public funds (as at 26 November 2009)
    • List of Family Connections in Northern Ireland Politics, and People who held Multiple Elected Positions (as at 1 December 2003)
    • List of People who were Northern Ireland Assembly Members (MLAs) and Serving Councillors (as at 1 December 2003)

  • Reports by the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC)

  • Elections in Northern Ireland


  • see also political cartoons about Northern Ireland

  • lists of source documents


    CAIN contains information and source material on the conflict and politics in Northern Ireland.
    CAIN is based within Ulster University.

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