What’s The Difference Between The Assembly And The Executive?

Northern Ireland’s government and the systems often attract confusion and misunderstanding. The panel in Lisburn did their best to clear this up after one audience member enquired about the differences between the Executive and the Assembly..
Paul Butler said: “The Executive is a decision making body made up of Ministers and the Assembly is all 108 of us (MLAs) debating and scrutinising legislation.”
David Ford added: “The Executive is where the power is and the Assembly is where the scrutiny is supposed to happen.”

What do you know about the processes of NI’s government? Do you think that the terms used could be clearer?

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