As we go through the processes, I am sure that all Members will co-operate. I wish to say to people in the Public Gallery that, with the day that is in it and with the death of a Member of the Assembly, applause would not be appropriate.
The next item of business is the appointment of Ministers. I will conduct the process for filling those offices in accordance with the procedure set out in section 18 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. I wish to remind Members of the requirements set out in the Act.
I shall ask the nominating officer of each political party in the order required by the formula contained in section 18(5) to select an available ministerial office and nominate a person to hold it who is a member of his party and a Member of the Assembly.
I therefore call on the Rt Hon Dr Ian Paisley, as nominating officer of the political party for which the formula laid down in section 18 gives the highest figure, to select a ministerial office and nominate a person to hold it who is a member of his party and a Member of the Assembly.
Tá mé toilteanach glacadh le hoifig an Aire Oideachais agus dearbhaím téarmaí an Ghealltanais Oifige mar atá siad leagtha amach i sceideal 4 den Acht Thuaisceart Éireann 1998.
Yes, I am willing to take up the office of Minster of Education, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
Ms Caitríona Ruane appointed Minister of Education.
I confirm that I am willing to take up the office of Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Molaim Michelle Gildernew, ar bean as Tír Eoghain í — agus níl sí ina haonar — mar Aire Talmhaíochta agus Forbartha Tuaithe.
Thank you, Mr Speaker. I nominate Ms Michelle Gildernew, a Tyrone woman — and she is not on her own in that respect — to hold the Agriculture and Rural Development portfolio.
Tá mé toilteanach glacadh leis an oifig seo.