Northern Ireland Act 1974

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Northern Ireland Act 1974
Long title An Act to provide for the dissolution of the existing Northern Ireland Assembly and its prorogation until dissolution; to make temporary provision for the government of Northern Ireland; to provide for the election and holding of a Constitutional Convention in Northern Ireland; and for purposes connected with those matters.
Chapter 28
Territorial extent Northern Ireland
Dates
Royal Assent 17 July 1974
Other legislation
Repealing legislation Northern Ireland Act 1998
Status: Repealed

The Northern Ireland Act 1974 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that made provision for the government of Northern Ireland following the collapse of the Sunningdale Agreement. The Act authorised the dissolution of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and transferred its legislative powers to the Queen in Council.

The Act was intended as a temporary measure,[citation needed] staying in force for just one year. However, it made provision for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to make annual orders extending the duration of the Act. As such, the Act remained in force until the institutions created following the 1998 Belfast Agreement were up and running in late 1999.

The Act also established a Constitutional Convention, which ultimately failed to achieve cross-community consensus on new constitutional arrangements, and was permanently dissolved in 1976.

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