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The North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC)' (Irish: An Chomhairle Aireachta Thuaidh/Theas, Ulster Scots: The Noarth-Sooth Cooncil o Männystèrs) is a body established under the Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement) to co-ordinate activity and exercise certain limited governmental powers across the whole island of Ireland. Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of General demographics Population 1685267 The population of Northern Ireland has increased annually since 1978 Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of The Northern Ireland Assembly ( Irish: Tionól Thuaisceart Éireann, Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann Semmlie) is the devolved Member of the Legislative Assembly ( MLA) is a representative elected by the voters to the Northern Ireland Assembly in Northern Ireland. List of committees of the Northern Ireland Assembly is a list of departmental standing and ad hoc committees of the Northern Ireland Assembly. This is a list of Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly passed by that body from its establishment in 2000 until its suspension in 2002 and from its re-establishment in This is a list of the 108 members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2007. The Northern Ireland Assembly elected in November 2003, never met as such since Northern Ireland 's devolved government and representative institutions were suspended This is a list of Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 1998. The third elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly were held on 7 March 2007 when 108 new members were selected The second elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, which at the time of the elections had been suspended for just over a year were held on Thursday November 26 The first elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly were held on June 25, 1998. The Northern Ireland Executive is the executive arm of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved Legislature for Northern Ireland The First Minister and the deputy First Minister (Irish Céad-Aire agus an Leas-Chéad-Aire, Ulster Scots: Heid Männystèr an tha Heid Männystèr depute This article is a list of Northern Ireland government Departments their Agencies and their Ministers and other related organisations (listed underneath each Department First Executive The First Executive ( 1 July, 1998 – 14 October, 2002) was under the terms of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 a Executive Following the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2002 a new election was called in November 2003 in hope of restoring devolution the election Second Executive The Second Executive ( 8 May, 2007 &ndash is as under the terms of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 a power sharing coalition The Northern Ireland Policing Board is the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, charged with supervising the activities of the Police Service of Northern Ireland The Parades Commission is a quasi-judicial Non-Departmental Public Body responsible for placing restrictions on or banning outright any Parades in Northern Ireland The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure administration and policy of the Northern Ireland Office. The Northern Ireland Grand Committee is one of three such Grand committees in the United Kingdom Parliament. This is a list of Members of Parliament (MPs elected to the House of Commons by constituencies in Northern Ireland for the Fifty-Fourth Parliament of the United This is a list of sitting Members of the United Kingdom House of Lords who were born live or lived in Northern Ireland. This is a list of Members of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom who were born live or lived in Northern Ireland. Results Overview For events leading up to the date of the election see article Pre-election day events of the United Kingdom general Her Majesty's Government, or when the monarch is male His Majesty's Government, is the title used by the Government of the United Kingdom, based at The Northern Ireland Office ( NIO) is a United Kingdom government department responsible for Northern Ireland affairs The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is the chief minister in the Government of the United Kingdom with responsibilities for Northern Ireland Direct rule was the term given during the late 20th and early 21st centuries to the administration of Northern Ireland directly from Westminster, seat of The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in The European Parliament ( Europarl or EP) is the only directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU A Member of the European Parliament ( English abbreviation MEP) is a member of the European Union 's legislative body the European Parliament. Northern Ireland is a Constituency of the European Parliament. Northern Ireland is a Constituency of the European Parliament. England Scotland and Wales Turnout for all the regions was 37 England Scotland and Wales Source: UK Office of the European Parliament Note Percentages are approximate Northern Ireland A political party is a Political organization that seeks to attain and maintain political power within Government, usually by participating in electoral Designated Unionist means a MLA designated as a Unionist in accordance with standing orders of the Northern Ireland Assembly as set out in the The Democratic Unionist Party ( DUP) is the larger of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland. The Ulster Unionist Party ( UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP or in a historic sense simply the Unionist Party See Ulster Progressive Unionist Association, for the political group founded in 1938 The Progressive Unionist Party ( PUP) is a small The Conservatives in Northern Ireland is a name given to the wing of the Conservative and Unionist Party of the United Kingdom that operates in Northern Ireland Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV is a Northern Irish political party founded on 7 December, 2007, as an anti- St Andrews Agreement splinter group Designated Nationalist means a MLA designated as a Nationalist in accordance with standing orders of the Northern Ireland Assembly as set out in the Sinn Féin () is a political party in Ireland. The current party led by Gerry Adams was formed following a split in January 1970 The Social Democratic and Labour Party ( SDLP; Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre is one of the two major nationalist parties in Northern Ireland Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party (Fianna Fáil – An Páirtí Poblachtánach shortened to Fianna Fáil ( is currently the largest Political party in the Designated Other means a MLA designated as an Other in accordance with standing orders of the Northern Ireland Assembly as set out in the Northern Ireland The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI is a Political party in Northern Ireland. The Green Party in Northern Ireland originated in the early 1980s partly as a result of the Green Movement which was sweeping across Western Europe and partly because of the massive The British-Irish Council ( BIC) (Comhairle na Breataine-na hÉireann is a body created by the Belfast Agreement in 1998 and formally established on 2 December 1999 The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference ( BIIC) is provided for under Strand Three of the Belfast Agreement. The Civic Forum for Northern Ireland is a consultative body in Northern Ireland consisting of members of various civil bodies The St Andrews Agreement (or Comhaontú Chill Rímhinn in Irish) was an agreement between the British and Irish Governments and the political The Agreement, most often referred to as the Belfast Agreement (Comhaontú Bhéal Feirste Belfast Greeance or the Good Friday Agreement (Comhaontú Aoine an Segregation in Northern Ireland is a long-running issue in the political and social history of the province Northern Ireland elects on a provincial level a Legislature. The Northern Ireland Assembly has 108 members elected in 18 six-member constituencies with the Northern Ireland is divided into 18 Parliamentary constituencies - 4 Borough constituencies in Belfast and 14 County constituencies elsewhere Political parties in Northern Ireland lists political parties in Northern Ireland. Information on politics by country is available for every Country, including both De jure and De facto independent Irish (ga ''Gaeilge'' is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish. The Agreement, most often referred to as the Belfast Agreement (Comhaontú Bhéal Feirste Belfast Greeance or the Good Friday Agreement (Comhaontú Aoine an Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world The Council takes the form of meetings between ministers from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and is responsible for twelve policy areas. Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of Six of these areas are the responsibility of corresponding North/South Implementation Bodies.
The Council is responsible for policy in twelve "Areas for Co-operation". These are:
Common policies in these areas are agreed at sectorial meetings of the North/South Ministerial Council, but implemented separately in each jurisdiction. In addition to these, six further "implementation bodies" span across the border. The Republic of Ireland – United Kingdom border also referred to as The Irish border, or (in Ireland) as The Border, is the international boundary Policies in these areas are agreed at North/South Ministerial Council level and administered directly by cross-border bodies.
|Waterways Ireland||Management of specific and chiefly recreational inland waterways. Waterways Ireland (Uiscebhealaí Éireann Ulster Scots: Watterweys Airlann) is one of the six All-Ireland North/South Implementation Bodies|
|Food Safety Promotion Board||Food safety awareness. safefood - The Food Safety Promotion Board ( Irish: biaslán - An Bord um Chur Chun Cinn Sabháilteachta Bia) is one of the six originally planned cross border/All|
|Special European Union Programmes Body||Management and oversight of EU programmes and common chapters of the National Development Plan (Republic of Ireland) and the Northern Ireland Structural Funds Plan. Special EU Programs Body / Foras Um Chláir Speisialta An AE This is one of the six originally planned cross border/All Ireland/North South Implementation bodies set up following the The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in National Development Plan ( NDP, Plean Forbartha Náisiúnta is the title given by the Irish Government to a scheme of organised large-scale expenditure on (mainly Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe.|
|InterTradeIreland||Trade and business development. Inter Trade Ireland ( Irish: Idir Thrádáil Éireann) is one of the six originally planned cross border/All Ireland/North South Implementation|
|The North/South Language Body:||Promotion of the Irish and Ulster Scots languages. The North/South Language Body (in Irish, An Foras Teanga; in Ullans, Tha Boord o Leid) is an implementation body provided for by the Belfast Foras na Gaeilge is the governing body of the Irish language, set up on 2 December 1999, which is responsible for the promotion of the language The Ulster-Scots Agency (in its own Ulster Scots, Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch) is a cross-border body set up in Ireland to promote the Ulster Irish (ga ''Gaeilge'' is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish.|
|Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission:||The management and development of Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough, the two sea lochs that mark the beginning and end of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland border, and coastal lights. Lough Foyle ( Loch Feabhail in Irish) is the name given to the Estuary of the River Foyle in Ulster. Carlingford Lough ( Loch Cairlinn in Irish) (Cairlinn being shortened form of "Cathair Linn" literally translated as "City of the Pool" is a sea A loch (usually Lough as a name element outside Scotland) is a body of Water which is either a Lake or A lighthouse is a Tower, building or framework designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses or in older times from a fire and used as an|
Originally, a new jointly owned agency, Lights Agency, was intended to replace the Republic-owned Commissioners of Irish Lights, which manages coastal lights throughout the island of Ireland. The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL is the body that serves as the Lighthouse authority for all of the island of Ireland plus its adjacent seas and islands However, complexities arising from the transfer of functions have meant that this has had to be reconsidered. In addition to these bodies, tourism, while not within the competence of an implementation body, is promoted by an agency with responsibility for the whole island of Ireland called Tourism Ireland. Tourism Ireland is the Marketing body responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas
The Ministerial Council consists of representatives of both the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of the Republic of Ireland. The Northern Ireland Executive is the executive arm of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved Legislature for Northern Ireland The Government of Ireland (Rialtas na hÉireann n̪ˠə ˈheːɾʲən̪ˠ is the Cabinet that exercises executive authority in Ireland. The Ministerial Council may meet in either a plenary or sectoral format. In a plenary meeting a Northern Ireland delegation is led by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland while the Republic's delegation is led by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste (the Republic's prime minister and deputy prime minister). The First Minister and the deputy First Minister (Irish Céad-Aire agus an Leas-Chéad-Aire, Ulster Scots: Heid Männystèr an tha Heid Männystèr depute The First Minister and the deputy First Minister (Irish Céad-Aire agus an Leas-Chéad-Aire, Ulster Scots: Heid Männystèr an tha Heid Männystèr depute The Taoiseach (ˈtiːʃəx in English t̪ˠiːʃʲəx (plural Taoisigh ( or) in Irish) also referred to as An Taoiseach ( t̪ˠiːʃʲəx is the the The Tánaiste (ˈtɑːnəʃtʲə plural Tánaistí) or more formally An Tánaiste, is the deputy prime minister of Ireland.
A meeting in a sectoral format deals only with one particular policy area, and consists of the minister from the Republic with responsibility for the area under discussion, and two ministers from Northern Ireland (usually one unionist and one nationalist), including the minister with the relevant competence. The Council is supported by a standing Joint Secretariat, based in Armagh, consisting of members of the civil services of both Northern Ireland and the Republic. The City of Armagh ( is an ancient religious site of worship of both celtic paganism and Christianity and the oldest of the five cities in Northern Ireland,