Further Consideration Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:45 pm on 26th January 2009.

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Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin 12:45 pm, 26th January 2009

The Member knows that the deputy First Minister does not need to be rescued by anyone.

He mentioned the Executive not meeting for 154 days, although when they finally met, they did so after reaching an important agreement on the transfer of policing and justice powers. Given that he raised that issue, he should recall the period from the summer of 1998 to the winter of 1999 when the offices of First Minister and deputy First Minister were held by David Trimble and Séamus Mallon. Under their stewardship, the Executive failed to meet for a period of 500 days.