The Wider Built Environment Campaign

Northern Ireland Manifesto 2022

The 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election was held on 5 May 2022. It elected 90 members to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Joseph Kilroy

Policy & Public Affairs Manager - Ireland

Last updated: 14th April 2022

What the 2022 Assembly election results mean for the built environment

Following the full election results, the CIOB has written a blog post analysing what each of the three biggest political parties - measured by share of seats - have said about the built environment in their manifestos.

Click here to read our blog post analysing the results.

The main political parties in Northern Ireland have published their manifestos, setting out their plans and policy intentions for the next parliamentary term.

Click here to read our analysis of the manifestos.

Election Timeline & Results

The timeline of events for the Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2022 are as follows:

Pre-election period: Thursday 29 March - 5 May

Publication of statement of persons nominated: 6.00pm on Friday 8 April 

Dissolution of Northern Ireland Assembly: Monday 28 March

Polling Day: Thursday 5 May

Results: Sinn Féin became the largest party, with 27 seats. The DUP won 25. The Alliance Party became the third-largest party in the Assembly with 17 seats.

Further information on the results of the Assembly elections is available on the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland's website 


What is CIOB doing?

In advance of the election, CIOB wrote a manifesto addressing what we believe should be the key priorities for the future Northern Ireland Assembly, if it is to position the construction industry and wider-built environment as central to Northern Ireland’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The manifesto is available to download here.

Our manifesto calls for a commitment to adopt a Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill in Northern Ireland, which can be modelled off the Welsh Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015). The Act in Wales, which is the first of its kind, has been attracting global attention because it looks to combat the short-termism inherent in modern democracies. Adopting such a Bill in Northern Ireland will ensure that policy is joined up and works for the long-term, particularly when it comes to the built environment.

In order to do this, we have focused on four core themes:  

  • A stable policy environment to encourage quality and long term thinking
  • Education
  • Net zero
  • Procurement

We are calling on the future Northern Ireland Government to:

  • Create a stable policy environment for the construction sector with long term strategies for housing and retrofit, a national development plan, and accompanying financial commitments
  • Ringfence funding for the development of an A-Level in construction
  • Introduce measures in public procurement that require employers to sign-up to sector-led Equality Diversity and Inclusion Charters
  • Develop a retrofit education and training to train construction technicians and professionals in the skills they will need to decarbonise our existing building stock.

CIOB Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2022 Manifesto

Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections, the CIOB has set out its vision for the future of the built environment in Northern Ireland, developed in close consultation with our members.