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