Stormont all set to mark 50 years of parliament in Northern Ireland.

RTÉ News reports from Stormont the day before the celebrations take place. Reporter Liam Hourican describes the context in which the parliament was established and provides and outlines the challenges it has faced.

At the opening ceremony George V appealed to all Irish men to pause, to stretch out the hand of forbearance and conciliation.   

At the opening of the new session of parliament the annual Queen's Speech will be read by the Governor, Lord Gray, as the Queen's presence is considered a security risk.

Last year some Unionists were hoping that the Queen herself might be here but in the light of what has happened since then that is no longer thought feasible. Nor will there be any other royal visitor. 

The anniversary marks 50 years since the first state opening of parliament by King George V on 22 June 1921. The first parliament met in Belfast City Hall. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 June 1971. The reporter is Liam Hourican.