Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972

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Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972
Long titleAn Act to make temporary provision for the government of Northern Ireland, and for purposes connected therewith.
Citation1972 c. 22
Territorial extent Northern Ireland
Royal assent30 March 1972
Other legislation
Repealed byNorthern Ireland Act 1998
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted

The Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972 (c. 22) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that introduced direct rule in Northern Ireland with effect from 30 March 1972.

The act, which took effect immediately on receiving royal assent, provided as follows:

The political institutions that were put into abeyance by this Act were formally abolished the following year by the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973.


Prominent Northern Ireland MP, William Craig described the enactment of the legislation as "Ulster's El Alamein".[1]


  1. ^ "Protestants March in Ulster". The Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. 19 March 1972. p. A15.[dead link]

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