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Account for the failure of both the Power Sharing Executive and the Northern Ireland Assembly Seminar No5 To account for such a failure in the power-sharing executive it is necessary for one to look at the structure and the organisation of the Assemblies as well as assessing its aims and directives as well as to examine the time scale to which this has taken place My intention is to examine from the mid-seventies to the present day and all the questions that these many and various initiatives have raised The power-sharing executive was the first and last examples of home rule since the collapse of Stormont During this last period the establishment of Stormont lasted from 1973 to 1974 The aim of the British Government was to return the province to an eventual devolution The issue of direct rule was to be only a temporary measure whilst the relevant sides talked it out at the negotiating table looking for a form of political settlement Essentially the main elements that both parties were looking for was to guarantee that the province remained a part of the United Kingdom as long as the majority deem that wish Proportional Representation was held in order to elect the new seventy-eight Northern Irish Assembly The two most contentious issue of all the issues of were the issue of institutionalised power sharing and that of the establishment of the Council of Ireland which had a direct input into the system of governance as well as a probable oversight into linking the whole system into the Irish political system therefore adding an Irish dimension to the proceedings in order to placate republican feelings and sentiment The executive failed on
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