Northern Ireland Assembly
The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved legislature of Northern Ireland. It has power to legislate in a wide range of areas that are not explicitly reserved to the Parliament of the United Kingdom, to appoint the Northern Ireland Executive, it sits at Parliament Buildings at Stormont in Belfast. The Assembly is in a period of suspension, after it collapsed in January 2017 due to policy disagreements within the leadership and the resignation of Martin McGuinness following the RHI scandal. Subsequent discussions to restore the Assembly have been unsuccessful; the Assembly is a unicameral, democratically elected body comprising 90 members known as Members of the Legislative Assembly. Members are elected under the single transferable vote form of proportional representation In turn, the Assembly selects most of the ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive using the principle of power-sharing under the D'Hondt method to ensure that Northern Ireland's largest voting blocs and Irish nationalists, both participate in governing the region.
The Assembly's standing orders allow for certain contentious motions to require a cross-community vote. The Assembly is one of two "mutually inter-dependent" institutions created under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the other being the North/South Ministerial Council with the Republic of Ireland; the Agreement aimed to end Northern Ireland's violent 30-year Troubles. The first Assembly election was held in June 1998. Disagreements between the main unionist and nationalist parties have stalled the formation of an Executive and the commencement of the Assembly on several occasions, forcing the Northern Ireland Office of the UK Government to suspend the institutions; the longest suspension lasted for the entirety of the Assembly's second term, from 14 October 2002 until 7 May 2007, during which time the Assembly's powers reverted to the Northern Ireland Office. Negotiations during this period of direct rule resulted in the St Andrews Agreement in November 2006, following a third election in March 2007, full power was restored to the devolved institutions on 8 May 2007.
This third Assembly was the first to complete a full term, saw powers in relation to policing and justice transferred to its second Executive on 12 April 2010. A breakdown of trust brought down the Assembly and Executive on 26 January 2017, a fresh election was held on 2 March. Negotiations mediated by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland missed the three-week deadline provided in law for the formation of an Executive; the passing of an extended legal deadline of 29 June left decisions on funding allocations in the hands of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, a budget for the ongoing 2017–18 financial year began its passage through the UK Parliament on 13 November. From 7 June 1921 until 30 March 1972, the devolved legislature for Northern Ireland was the Parliament of Northern Ireland, which always had an Ulster Unionist Party majority and always elected a UUP government; the Parliament was suspended on 30 March 1972 and formally abolished in 1973 under the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973.
Shortly after this first parliament was abolished, attempts began to restore devolution on a new basis that would see power shared between Irish nationalists and unionists. To this end a new parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly, was established in 1973. However, this body was brought down by the Ulster Workers' Council strike and was abolished in 1974. In 1982 another Northern Ireland Assembly was established at Stormont as a body to scrutinise the actions of the Secretary of State, the British minister with responsibility for Northern Ireland, it received little support from Irish nationalists and was dissolved in 1986. The current incarnation of the Northern Ireland Assembly was first elected on 25 June 1998 and first met on 1 July 1998. However, it only existed in "shadow" form until 2 December 1999 when full powers were devolved to the Assembly. Since the Assembly has operated intermittently and has been suspended on five occasions: 11 February – 30 May 2000 10 August 2001 22 September 2001 14 October 2002 – 7 May 2007 9 January 2017 – presentAttempts to secure its operation on a permanent basis had been frustrated by disagreements between the two main unionist parties and Sinn Féin, the largest nationalist party.
Unionists refused to participate in the Good Friday Agreement's institutions alongside Sinn Féin until they were assured that the IRA had discontinued its activities, decommissioned its arms and disbanded. The 2002-2007 suspension occurred after unionists withdrew from the Northern Ireland Executive after Sinn Féin's offices at Stormont were raided by the police, who were investigating allegations of intelligence gathering on behalf of the IRA by members of the party's support staff; the Assembly suspended, dissolved on 28 April 2003 as scheduled, but the elections due the following month were postponed by the United Kingdom government and were not held until November that year. On 8 December 2005, three Belfast men at the centre of the alleged IRA spying incident were acquitted of all charges; the prosecution offered no evidence "in the public interest". Afterwards Denis Donaldson, one of those arrested, said that the charges "should never have been brought" as the police action was "political".
On 17 December 2005, Donaldson publicly confirmed that he had been a spy for British intelligence since the early 1980s. Mr Don
County Tyrone is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties on the island of Ireland. It is no longer used as an administrative division for local government but retains a strong identity in popular culture. Adjoined to the south-west shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 3,155 km2 and has a population of about 177,986; the county derives its name and general geographic location from Tyrone, a Gaelic kingdom under the O'Neill dynasty which existed until the 17th century. The name Tyrone is derived from Irish Tír Eoghain, meaning'land of Eoghan', the name given to the conquests made by the Cenél nEógain from the provinces of Airgíalla and Ulaid, it was anglicised as Tirowen or Tyrowen, which are closer to the Irish pronunciation. Tyrone stretched as far north as Lough Foyle, comprised part of modern-day County Londonderry east of the River Foyle; the majority of County Londonderry was carved out of Tyrone between 1610–1620 when that land went to the Guilds of London to set up profit making schemes based on natural resources located there.
Tyrone was the traditional stronghold of the various O'Neill clans and families, the strongest of the Gaelic Irish families in Ulster, surviving into the seventeenth century. The ancient principality of Tír Eoghain, the inheritance of the O'Neills, included the whole of the present counties of Tyrone and Londonderry, the four baronies of West Inishowen, East Inishowen, Raphoe North and Raphoe South in County Donegal. In 1608 during O'Doherty's Rebellion areas of the country were plundered and burnt by the forces of Sir Cahir O'Doherty following his destruction of Derry. However, O'Doherty's men avoided the estates of the fled Earl of Tyrone around Dungannon, fearing Tyrone's anger if he returned from his exile. With an area of 3,155 square kilometres, Tyrone is the largest county in Northern Ireland; the flat peatlands of East Tyrone border the shoreline of the largest lake in the British Isles, Lough Neagh, rising across to the more mountainous terrain in the west of the county, the area surrounding the Sperrin Mountains, the highest point being Sawel Mountain at a height of 678 m.
The length of the county, from the mouth of the River Blackwater at Lough Neagh to the western point near Carrickaduff hill is 55 miles. The breadth, from the southern corner, southeast of Fivemiletown, to the northeastern corner near Meenard Mountain is 37.5 miles. Annaghone lays claim to be the geographical centre of Northern Ireland. Tyrone is connected by land to the county of Fermanagh to the southwest. Across Lough Neagh to the east, it borders County Antrim, it is the eighth largest of Ireland's thirty-two counties by tenth largest by population. It is the second largest of Ulster's nine traditional counties by area and fourth largest by population, it is one of four counties in Northern Ireland which has a majority of the population from a Catholic community background, according to the 2011 census. In 1900 County Tyrone had a population of 197,719, while in 2011 it was 177,986. Omagh Cookstown Dungannon Strabane Coalisland Castlederg Ardboe Carrickmore Dromore Fintona Fivemiletown Killyclogher Moy Newtownstewart Sion Mills Baronies Clogher Dungannon Lower Dungannon Middle Dungannon Upper Omagh East Omagh West Strabane Lower Strabane UpperParishes Townlands There is the possibility of the line being reopened to Dungannon railway station from Portadown.
The major sports in Tyrone are association football, rugby union and cricket. Gaelic football is more played than hurling in Tyrone; the Tyrone GAA football side has had considerable success since 2000, winning three All Ireland titles. They have won fifteen Ulster titles and two National League titles. Association football has a large following in Tyrone. Omagh Town F. C. were members of the Irish Football League. Dungannon Swifts F. C. compete in the NIFL Premiership - the top division. Other teams include NIFL Championship side Dergview F. C.. Rugby union is popular in the county. Dungannon RFC plays in the All-Ireland League. Other teams include Omagh RFC, Clogher Valley RFC, Cookstown RFC and Strabane RFC. International Cricket is played on the Bready Cricket Club Ground, owned by Bready Cricket Club, it is Ireland's fourth venue for International Cricket hosting its first International Cricket match when Ireland played against Scotland in a series of T20I matches in June 2015. It was selected. Abbeys and priories in Northern Ireland High Sheriff of Tyrone List of civil parishes of County Tyrone List of places in County Tyrone List of townlands in County Tyrone Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone Ulster American Folk Park The Moorlough Shore Joost, Augusteijn.
The Memoirs of John M. Regan, a Catholic Officer in the RIC and RUC, 1909–48. Co. Tyrone. ISBN 978-1-84682-069-4. McNeill, I.. The Flora of County Tyrone. National Museums of
Tom Elliott (politician)
Thomas Beatty Elliott is a United Kingdom politician, a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Fermanagh and South Tyrone from 2003–15, its Member of Parliament from 2015–17 and was the Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 2010–12. He was a soldier in the Ulster Defence Regiment from 1982–92 and its successor the Royal Irish Regiment from 1992–99, he backed a Leave vote in the 2016 EU membership referendum. Elliott was educated high schools in his native Ballinamallard, he earned a College Certificate in Agriculture from the Enniskillen College of Agriculture. Elliott has been an activist in the Ballinamallard Ward Ulster Unionist committee for many years and is chairman of that committee, he has been Honorary Secretary of the Fermanagh Divisional Unionist Association since 1998 and was chairman of the internal Ulster Unionist ad-hoc Review Group for its duration. Elliott was the election agent for James Cooper in 2001 Westminster campaign and in June of the same year was elected an Ulster Unionist Councillor on Fermanagh District Council representing Erne North.
He was re-elected May 2005 but resigned to allow a Co-option in August 2010. In November 2003 he was elected as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly representing Fermanagh and South Tyrone, a position to which he was re-elected in March 2007 and May 2011. In this role he served as Ulster Unionist Assembly spokesperson on Rural Affairs. Elliott was selected as the UUP candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone UK Parliament constituency in the 2005 general election and came in third behind the Sinn Féin and DUP candidates; the UUP share of the vote fell from 34% in 2001 to 18% in 2005. He was reselected for the 2010 general election, but stood down in favour of independent Unionist candidate Rodney Connor. With the DUP, TUV, UKIP and the Conservatives not contesting the seat in 2015 Elliott, as the sole unionist candidate, won the seat at the 2015 election, he lost the seat in the 2017 general election, with 45.5% of the vote to 47.2% for Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildernew. In June 2010, Elliott announced his intention to run in the Ulster Unionist Party leadership election, 2010.
He was elected although not without some controversy. It emerged shortly before the leadership election that a quarter of the UUP membership came from Fermanagh and South Tyrone, a disproportionately high figure; the Phoenix, an Irish political magazine, described Elliott as a "blast from the past" and that his election signified "a significant shift to the right" by the UUP. In March 2012, he announced; when asked about his reasoning, he said that "some people have not given a fair opportunity at developing and progressing many initiatives", going on to say that some of the hostility began after he was selected as leader. He accused some party members of making his job more difficult by briefing journalists, his resignation triggered the 2012 Ulster Unionist Party leadership election. When Elliott took over the leadership of the UUP in 2010 the party had received 102,361 votes which amounted to 15.2% of the vote. In Elliott's first election in charge in the 2011 Assembly elections the UUP only received 87,531 votes which amounted to 13.2% of the vote and resulted in the party losing two of its MLAs.
On the same day in 2011 the UUP lost 16 of its Council seats also. Elliott is a member of the Orange Order within Fermanagh, the Royal Black Preceptory and the Kesh branch of the Apprentice Boys of Derry. Elliott stated publicly that he wouldn't attend gay pride parades or Gaelic Athletic Association matches, but did meet with some gay rights groups and GAA figures in Northern Ireland. After he was elected in the 2011 Assembly election, in his victory speech in Omagh Elliott referred to the Irish tricolour as a "flag of a foreign nation"; when he started to receive heckles from the audience, he went on to describe nationalist supporters holding Irish flags as "the scum of Sinn Féin". Although refusing to retract his comments he issued an apology of sorts "to all those good nationalists, republicans Sinn Fein voters who felt offended by it."In August 2012, Elliott opposed money being spent on public inquests into people killed by the British Army and loyalist paramilitaries during the Troubles.
He urged relatives of those killed by the IRA—whom he called "the real victims"—to band together to "choke the system up" and stop such inquests happening. He clarified his remarks saying "At no stage did I suggest or infer that anyone killed in the Troubles, not murdered by the IRA, were ‘not real victims’". In February 2016, Elliott was criticised when he provided a statement to a court on behalf of a convicted benefit cheat; when the judge in the case said he received a letter from a "senior politician" that spoke "glowingly" of the convicted man's work in the voluntary sector. Elliott denied; that same month, he was criticised by a judge for writing a testimonial for a man convicted for driving while disqualified. Although not naming Elliott in court he said he "crossed the line of the independence of the court" and "trespassed on the sentencing process."Elliott settled a defamation case with Attorney General John Larkin by issuing a statement through his barrister and donating an undisclosed sum of money to charity.
Under the terms of the settlement the following statement was read out by Elliott's senior counsel. "On 20 April 2016, during the course of a live debate on the Stephen Nolan BBC Radio Ulster show, Mr Elliott made a number of statements which may have been taken to imply that the attorney general, John Larkin, had failed to discharge his professional duties impartially and with fairness. Mr Elliott
Member of the Legislative Assembly (Northern Ireland)
Members of the Legislative Assembly are representatives elected by the voters to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Northern Ireland Assembly will have 90 elected members - five from each of 18 constituencies, the boundaries of which are the same as those used for electing members of the UK Parliament, its role is to scrutinise and make decisions on the issues dealt with by Government Departments and to consider and make legislation. MLAs are responsible for the Northern Ireland Assembly; the basic salary for an MLA is £48,000 while the Speaker and committee chairs receive an additional'Office Holders Salary' on top of their basic salary. From 22 June 1921 until 30 March 1972 MPs of the House of Commons of Northern Ireland and Senators of the Senate of Northern Ireland in the Parliament of Northern Ireland legislated for Northern Ireland like MLAs do today. Following a referendum on the Belfast Agreement on 23 May 1998 and the granting of Royal Assent to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on 19 November 1998.
The process was known as devolution and was set up to give Northern Ireland devolved legislative powers. MLAs are responsible for the Northern Ireland Assembly; the Assembly Members Act 2016 will mean that the number of MLAs will be reduced from 108 to 90. Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2017 Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2016 Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2011 Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2007 Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2003 Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 1998 Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 1982 Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly Northern Ireland Executive Member of Parliament Member of the Scottish Parliament Member of the National Assembly for Wales Northern Ireland Assembly
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Clogher is a village and civil parish in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It lies on the River Blackwater, 18 miles south of Omagh, it stands on the townlands of Clogher Tenements. The United Kingdom Census of 2001 recorded a population of 309; the civil parish of Clogher covers areas of County Fermanagh as well as County Tyrone. The name Clochar refers to something made of stone. Archaeological remains from. Clogher is said to have been the location of a gold-covered pagan oracle stone named Cermand Cestach; the story goes that "Cloch-Ór, may have been a ceremonial or oracle stone covered in gold sacred to the druids...given to Mac Cairthinn by an old pagan noble, who had harassed him in every possible way until the saint's patient love won the local ruler to the faith." The stone is recorded as being "a curiosity in the porch of the Cathedral of Clogher" in the time of Annalist Cathal Maguire of Fermanagh in the late 15th century. Tighernach of Clones succeeded St. Mac Cairthinn as Bishop of Clogher.
Clogher has been a religious center since St. Patrick's time and before. St. Aedh Mac Cairthinn of Clogher an early disciple and companion of Saint Patrick founded a monastery at the site, which the Synod of Rathbreasail recognised as an episcopal see; the Cathedral Church of Saint Macartan in the village is now one of two cathedrals of the Church of Ireland diocese of Clogher. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Clogher has its cathedral in Monaghan; the meetinghouse of Clogher Presbyterian church is outside the village in the townland of Carntall. The "City of Clogher" was a rotten borough in the Parliament of Ireland in the gift of the Protestant bishop; the village gives its name to the Barony of Clogher, one of the original four baronies of County Tyrone. Clogher railway station opened on 2 May 1887, but closed on 1 January 1942. Clogher has Ulsterbus services to Omagh and on the 261/X261 between Belfast and Enniskillen. Clogher Cricket Club plays in the NCU Senior League. An Clochar Éire Óg is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club supporting Irish culture within Clogher Valley.
Clogher Valley Comhaltas, traditional music, song and storytelling sessions at Augher Community Centre. Brigadier Juan Mackenna was born in Clogher in 1771, he was a hero of the Chilean War of Independence and the creator of the Corps of Military Engineers of the Chilean Army. The novelist William Carleton was born in the nearby townland of Prolusk in 1794. Percy Jocelyn, Anglican bishop of Clogher, was deposed in 1822 for Sodomitic practices. Soccer player Dermot McCaffrey of Dungannon Swifts grew up in Clogher. James Graham Fair, one of the'Bonanza Kings', was born in the town in 1831 Carntall Primary School St. MacCartan's Convent Primary School The population of the village decreased during the 19th century: On Census day in 2011: 54.7% were from a Catholic background and 43.0% were from a Protestant background Abbeys and priories in Northern Ireland List of civil parishes of County Tyrone Clogher Historical Society Clogher Town 1837 Clogher Townland Names Clogher Valley Landscape
Aughnacloy, County Tyrone
Aughnacloy, sometimes spelt Auchnacloy is a village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Close to the border with County Monaghan, the village is about 20 km southwest of Dungannon, 7 km southeast of Ballygawley, it is situated in the civil parish of Carnteel. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 801. Much of the town was built in the 18th Century by the local landlord; because he backed the Jacobite cause, he planted his estate in the shape of a thistle and planned out the town on the edge of it. Unable to rename it "Mooretown", he had to settle for naming the main street "Moore Street", the side streets Sydney and Henrietta, after his three wives. Aughnacloy served as an important staging post on the road to Derry. However, lacking large-scale industry, it started to wane in the late 19th century. James Young Malley, the son of an Aughnacloy farmer and merchant, was the eldest of three brothers to fly with RAF Bomber Command, his service with the RAF during the Second World War extended to 127 operations over enemy territory, including more than 30 raids over Berlin.
Malley achieved distinction a second time as private secretary to the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Terrence O'Neill. He oversaw the delicate negotiations which preceded the meeting between O'Neill and Seán Lemass at Stormont in January 1965. Andrew Beatty, the journalist and editor who has served as the White House Correspondent for Agence France-Press since 2015, is from Aughnacloy. On 20 January 1974, Cormac McCabe, the first Headmaster of Aughnacloy Secondary School and a Captain in the Ulster Defence Regiment, was shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, his corpse was found in a field near Aughnacloy. On 6 July 1977, David Morrow a Royal Ulster Constabulary officer, was killed by the IRA while sitting in a stationary RUC patrol car in Aughnacloy. In 1988, Aidan McAnespie, a Catholic civilian, was killed, in contested circumstances, by a bullet from a general purpose machine-gun held by a British Army soldier at Aughnacloy. In June 2008, the Police Service of Northern Ireland Historical Enquiries Team published its findings on the case in a report.
In the fatal shooting the soldier claimed that his hands were wet, causing him to accidentally fire the machine-gun. The report called this the "least version" of what happened. One of the widest Main Streets in Northern Ireland The Aughnacloy Thistle St James Parish Church Aughnacloy Market House Copperfields Nursing home Aughnacloy had its own railway station on the Clogher Valley Railway from 2 May 1887 to 1 January 1942; the CVR's headquarters and locomotive workshop was at Aughnacloy. Current proposals to upgrade the A5 road through the village to a dual carriageway and build a bypass have met with a mixed reaction in the town, with many traders and farmers opposed. Aughnacloy Primary School Aughnacloy College opened in 1963, designed by John MacGeagh, it occupies a rural site on the outskirts of Aughancloy, serving a catchment area stretching along the Blackwater valley including Caledon, Innismagh, Ballygawley and Favour Royal St. Mary's Primary School, Aughnacloy Aughnacloy is classified as a Small Village or Hamlet by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency ].
On the last census date, there were 801 people living in Aughnacloy. Of these: 23.3% were aged under 16 years and 26.6% were aged 60 and over. Aghaloo O'Neills – Gaelic Athletic Association club. Aughnacloy Golf Club – one of the founder clubs of the Golfing Union of Ireland in 1890.