Assess the effectiveness of the assembly since devolution was restored in 2007.

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Assess the effectiveness of the assembly since devolution was restored in 2007.

The assembly have gone through many suspensions but the longest one ran from 14 October 2002 until 7 May 2007. Devolution was restored to the Northern Ireland Assembly on Tuesday 8 May 2007 following the election of a four-party Executive of 12 ministers. Since then the executive have received an extra member from the alliance party, David Ford.

        After this devolution the assembly has been seen as a more controlled and confident assembly. The power shared by the main parties can be used as a strength at their disposal which makes decision making thorough. This shared government makes the main parties work together. The extent of their work is not yet clear.

        The assembly has both legislative powers and responsibility for electing the Northern Ireland executive. Although the assembly has been given functions, and more recently the policing and justice role, the UK government has decided to keep some indefinitely for the time being. They have transferrable matters which may be given to the assembly in the future. For the time being the assembly has its plate full. The assembly is relatively new and can be said to still be “finding its feet” but it is clear that the confidence and experience of minister is rising, which will make up a good government. Also cooperation between the unionists and nationalists is at an all time high, and can only be seen to go higher in the future.

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        Main parties in the assembly have been seen to combine their parties and make what is known as a “supermajority” this can be seen as the parties in the assembly cooperating and using their majority for the interests of Northern Ireland.

        The new assembly can be seen as a very functional one, the growth in confidence has made their work more clear and easy so they are better suited for their task. The assembly committees have improved in the new assembly; they are one aspect of the assembly that carries out their role to a degree of satisfaction. ...

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