The Assembly Chamber

Synopsis Originally the House of Commons of the original Northern Ireland Parliament, the Chamber is now used for plenary meetings of the Assembly.

Originally the House of Commons of the original Northern Ireland Parliament, the Chamber is now used for plenary meetings of the Assembly.

A fire, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed the Assembly Chamber on the 2nd January 1995. The Chamber was carefully refitted using the same decoration and materials as were used originally. The restoration provided an opportunity to create two additional side galleries thereby doubling the capacity of the 1st floor viewing galleries.

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