The Good Friday Agreement established a power sharing government in Northern Ireland in 1998. This was a landmark occasion and marked a watershed in the Northern Irish Peace process following The Troubles.
Since then the Assembly has had high and low points including substantial periods of Suspension and the devolution of Policing and Justice powers.
The Northern Ireland Assembly consists of 108 Members of the Legislative Assembly, MLAs, from 18 constituencies. Despite the power-sharing set up of the Assembly the two dominant ideologies remain as nationalism (Those who seek a United Ireland) and unionism (Those who seek to maintain Northern Ireland’s place within the United Kingdom).