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Northern Ireland 1921–72

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Politics and government of
Northern Ireland 1921–72

Governor of Northern Ireland
Privy Council
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

Craigavon ministry · Andrews ministry
Brookeborough ministry · O'Neill ministry
Chichester-Clark ministry · Faulkner ministry

1921 · 1925 · 1929 · 1933
1938 · 1945 · 1949 · 1953
1958 · 1962 · 1965 · 1969

1921 · 1925 · 1929 · 1933
1938 · 1945 · 1949 · 1953
1958 · 1962 · 1965 · 1969

Parliament of Northern Ireland

Speaker of the Senate
Leader and Deputy Leader of the Senate

House of Commons


See also
Government of Ireland Act 1920
Elections in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973

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The Privy Council of Northern Ireland was a formal body of advisors to the Sovereign and was a vehicle for the monarch's prerogative powers in Northern Ireland. It was modelled on the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

The Council was created in 1922 as a result of the division of Ireland into the Irish Free State and the state of Northern Ireland, the latter of which remained part of the United Kingdom but with its own Parliament. The previous Privy Council of Ireland, however, was never formally abolished, remaining theoretically in existence though devoid of members other than the Lord Mayor of Dublin, who continued to be styled Right Honourable as a result. Though the Privy Council was de facto abolished in 1922, the Lord Mayor continued to be entitled to be addressed as the Right Honourable as a result of the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Act 1840, which granted the title in law. The Local Government Act 2001 finally removed the title as a consequence of the repeal of the 1840 act.

The Privy Council of Northern Ireland consisted of senior members of the Northern Ireland government including the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, its members were appointed for life. The Council rarely met and was largely a ceremonial body with its responsibilities exercised by the cabinet. It became dormant in 1972 when the Parliament of Northern Ireland was suspended and its powers were transferred to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, a member of the British Cabinet. No appointments to the body have been made since its suspension and it was not revived when devolution was reinstated with the creation of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998.

Members are entitled to use the prefix The Rt. Hon., whilst peers who are members use the post-nominal letters PC (NI).

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