Powered by

NI 100: Building a 'mini-Westminster' in strife-torn Belfast

Jun 20, 2021 - BBC

By Luke Sproule BBC News NI image copyright A century ago King George V officially opened the Northern Ireland Parliament, the beginnings of an institution that would govern most of the new state's affairs for 51 years. Mini-Westminster Unlike the modern devolved parliaments in the UK, the Northern Ireland Parliament was designed as a mini-Westminster.

It had two houses. The lower house, the House of Commons, was directly elected by the people and had 52 seats, while the upper house, the...