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direct rule

the name given to the system of governing Northern Ireland during the suspension of the Stormont Parliament from March 1972 until 1999. Executive power was exercised by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and laws on matters with which the Stormont Parliament could deal were made by Orders in Council.
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Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke by phone on Monday night after the DUP and Sinn Fein clashed over the prospect of direct rule being imposed on the North.
However, Sinn Fein has insisted direct rule from Westminster must on and have is not an option.
Summary: Province will likely return to direct rule from London
He was visiting Denmark on Tuesday, his first trip outside Belgium since he arrived there in October following his dismissal by the Madrid government and its imposition of direct rule on the semi-autonomous region.
In a speech to parliament, he defended imposing direct rule on
Catalonia unilaterally declared independence and Madrid responded by suspending the region's autonomy, sacking the government and imposing direct rule.
The Madrid government immediately reacted by revoking Catalonia's regional autonomy and imposing direct rule.
While some protesters expressed support for the actions of the central government - which imposed direct rule over Catalonia, dissolved the regional parliament, and scheduled a snap regional election to take place in two months - others accused Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of being "too soft" on secessionists.
Congo President Joseph Kabila signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters Catalonia warns of civil disobedience as Madrid readies direct rule Catalonia said on Monday it was confident all officials including police would defy attempts by Madrid to enforce direct rule on the region in a dispute that is raising fears of unrest among Spain's European allies.
Madrid has said it will impose direct rule on Catalonia to counter an independence push that the constitutional court has declared illegal, invoking never-before-used powers to fire the regional government and force elections.
1972: The Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act came into force decreeing direct rule from London and prompting the resignation of then prime minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner.
1973: Loyalists disrupt the new Northern Ireland Assembly, the first elected body since the British imposed direct rule in March.