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List of Ministers in the Executive 2007-2011
The Northern Ireland Executive Committee is the equivalent of the
Cabinet of the British government. The Executive is currently made up of the
First Minister, Deputy First Minister, and 11 Ministers each of whom has
responsibility for one of the 11 Departments. There is
also a system of Statutory
Committees each made up of 11 Assembly members to "advise and
assist" the Ministers.
Devolved power in Northern Ireland was suspended from 14 October 2002 and was not fully restored until 8 May 2007. The basis for this restoration was the Agreement at St Andrews.
Initially the Executive consisted of the existing ten departments. But following lengthy political negotiations an agreement was reached in February 2010 whereby powers relating to security and justice matters would be devloved from Westminster to the Northern Ireland Assembly by 12 April 2010. On 12 April 2010 the Department of Justice was established and a new minister appointed to oversee its running.
Peter Robinson (Democratic Unionist Party; DUP)
(5 June 2008 - 16 May 2011)
[Stood down as First Minister from 11 January 2010 - 4 February 2010 following private and financial allegations concerning his wife. During this period Arlene Foster, then Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, took over responsibilites as First Minister]
Former First Minister: Rev. Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party; DUP)
(8 May 2007 - 5 June 2008)
Culture, Arts and Leisure
Minister: *Mr Nelson McCausland (DUP)
(30 July 2009 - 16 May 2011)
Former Ministers: *Mr Edwin Poots (DUP)
(8 May 2007 - 9 June 2008)
*Mr Gregory Campbell
(9 June 2008 - 30 July 2009)
Education and Learning
(Formerly known as the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment)
Minister: Mr Danny Kennedy (UUP)
(27 October 2010 - 16 May 2011)
Former Minister: Sir Reg Empey (DUP)
(8 May 2007 - 27 October 2010)
* In April 2007 the DUP announced their intention to rotate their ministerial positions amongst DUP MLAs.
**Following lengthy political negotiations an agreement was reached in February 2010 whereby powers relating to security and justice would be devloved from Westminster to the Northern Ireland Assembly by 12 April 2010. On that day David Ford (APNI) was elected by the Northern Ireland Assembly as the new Minister of Justice.
Source of photographs:
Publicity photographs from the 'Membership of the Northern Ireland Assembly' web page of the Northern Ireland Assembly web site.
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