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Influence: Sir James Craig had powers transferred to the new Northern Ireland Parliament

Influence: Sir James Craig had powers transferred to the new Northern Ireland Parliament

Influence: Sir James Craig had powers transferred to the new Northern Ireland Parliament

Next year is the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland and announcements about how that will be commemorated are starting to appear. The official proposals put forward so far have been modest and, with just a few months to go, Covid-19 will certainly impact on both preparations and commemorations.

Nevertheless, the incoming year will afford an opportunity for the people of Northern Ireland to commemorate and reflect and it will be an opportunity that should not be squandered.

The creation of Northern Ireland was a complex process rather than a single event and there was a period of gestation for the new state.