The Northern Ireland Assembly has been dissolved. The election will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016.
From Monday 21 March – Thursday 5 May 2016 the Members’ Dining Room is open to the public for morning coffee; lunch; and traditional afternoon tea. Find out more...
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Dissolution is the name given to the period of time (usually six weeks) between the announcement of an Assembly election, until the final election results. The Assembly is dissolved before an election is held.
The Great Hall is made entirely of Italian travertine marble and the geometric pattern on the floor is mirrored by the brightly painted ceiling and is the most richly decorated part of Parliament Buildings.
The Senate Chamber is furnished with many gifts from the Commonwealth; the Senators benches are made from Australian walnut, the Speaker’s chair is South African walnut, the six columns at either side of the Chamber are made of ebonised African walnut and the glass in the ceiling is a gift from Canada.
To encourage women's participation and representation in public life and to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly would like to invite you to the inaugural ‘Assembly Women’s Week’, a series of events held in Parliament Buildings.
The Assembly Education Service provide free education programmes and resources for young people, teachers, youth leaders, or anyone who wants to learn about the role of the Assembly and the work we do. The website provides a range of interactive resources linked to the curriculum:
The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved legislature for Northern Ireland. It is responsible for making laws on transferred matters in Northern Ireland and for scrutinising the work of Ministers and Government Departments.