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Appointment of Junior Ministers

Assembly Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:05 pm on 11th January 2020.

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Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin 3:05 pm, 11th January 2020

I want to advise the House that I have received correspondence from the First Minister and the deputy First Minister in relation to the appointment of junior Ministers. I will ask the Clerk to read the letter.

Dear Speaker, We write to inform you of our intention to appoint both junior Ministers in the Executive Office today. Those Assembly Members being nominated are: Gordon Lyons Declan Kearney Yours sincerely, Arlene Foster MLA Michelle O'Neill MLA First Minister Deputy First Minister

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Will Gordon Lyons affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP

I confirm that I am willing to take up the office of junior Minister, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office, as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mr Gordon Lyons appointed a junior Minister.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Congratulations.

Will Declan Kearney affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Declan Kearney Declan Kearney Sinn Féin

Thig liom a rá go bhfuil mé breá toilteanach glacadh le hoifig an Aire, agus dearbhaím téarmaí an ghealltanais oifige, mar atá siad leagtha amach sa sceideal do Acht NI 1998.

I confirm that I am willing to take up the office of Minister in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office, as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mr Declan Kearney appointed a junior Minister.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Comhghairdeas, Declan.

That concludes the business of appointing the junior Ministers.

Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance

On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Sorry, just let me make this final point. I congratulate both junior Ministers on taking up office.

Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance

I am not sure if other Members in the Chamber are having the difficulty that I am having in hearing you, Mr Speaker. There seems to be a problem with your mic, and it is incredibly difficult for us to hear what you are saying. In order to be helpful, we would like to be able to hear you better.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I will certainly endeavour to make sure that that does not go amiss in future. I am told that the mics are not working very well. I have been asked to give a bit of volume, so I will do my best. Apologies for that. As long as we do not have to go back to the start again, we are OK.

[Laughter.]

That concludes the business of appointing the junior Ministers. As I have said, congratulations to both.