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Northern Ireland Act 1998

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36Disqualification

(1)The [1975 c. 25.] Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 shall have effect as if any reference to the Assembly established under section 1 of the [1973 c. 17.] Northern Ireland Assembly Act 1973 were a reference to the Assembly.

(2)No recommendation shall be made to Her Majesty to make an Order in Council under section 3(1) of the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 (power to amend Schedule 1) without the consent of the Secretary of State.

(3)A person who is Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant or Lieutenant for a county or county borough in Northern Ireland is disqualified for membership of the Assembly for a constituency comprising the whole or part of the county or county borough.

(4)A person is disqualified for membership of the Assembly if he is disqualified for membership of the House of Commons otherwise than under the [1975 c. 24.] House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975.

(5)A person is not disqualified for membership of the Assembly by virtue of subsection (1) by reason only that he is a member of the Seanad Eireann (Senate of Ireland).

(6)A person is not disqualified for membership of the Assembly by virtue of subsection (4) by reason only that—

(a)he is a peer (other than a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary); or

(b)he is ordained or is a minister of any religious denomination.

(7)A person is not disqualified for membership of the Assembly by virtue of subsection (4) by reason only that he is disqualified under section 3 of the Act of Settlement (certain persons born out of the Kingdom) if he is a citizen of the European Union.

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