The collapse of devolution has happened before in Northern Ireland and whilst we await the pending demise of the current Executive I thought it’d be interesting courtesy of AP to take a trip down memory lane to see other collapses in the past.
Direct rule introduced in March 1972. Here is the outgoing Prime Minister, Brian Faulkner protesting the British governments security policies.
Brian Faulkner following the UWC Strike in May 1974. The first power-sharing coalition between the Official Unionists, SDLP and Alliance parties is brought to an end as the UWC strike brings the province to a halt.
The pending collapse of the Trimble/Mallon Executive in 2002.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs