Ministerial Appointments

Assembly Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 11th January 2020.

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Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin 3:15 pm, 11th January 2020

The next item of business is the appointment of Ministers. I will conduct the process for filling these offices in accordance with the procedure set out in section 18 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Standing Order 44. I will ask the nominating officer of each political party, in the order required by the formula in section 18(5), to select an available ministerial office and nominate a person to hold it who is a member of his or her party and a Member of the Assembly. If a nominating officer declines to nominate, I will invite the nominating officer of the next political party determined by the formula to nominate a Member to hold ministerial office.

I therefore call on Arlene Foster, 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 her party and a Member of the Assembly.

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

I choose the Department for the Economy, and I nominate Diane Dodds MLA.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Will Diane Dodds confirm that she is willing to take up office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Diane Dodds Diane Dodds DUP

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

Mrs Diane Dodds appointed Minister for the Economy.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I call on Michelle O'Neill.

Photo of Michelle O'Neill Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I nominate Conor Murphy to the post of Minister of Finance.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Will Conor Murphy confirm that he is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin

A Cheann Comhairle, tá mé toilteanach glacadh leis an ról seo. I confirm that I am willing to take up the office of Minister of Finance, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Mr Conor Murphy appointed Minister of Finance.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I call on Arlene Foster, 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 Member to hold it who is a member of her party and a Member of the Assembly.

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

Mr Speaker, I choose the Department of Education, and I nominate Peter Weir MLA.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Will Peter Weir confirm that he is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir DUP

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

Mr Peter Weir appointed Minister of Education.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I call on Michelle O'Neill, 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 Member to hold it who is a member of her party and a Member of the Assembly.

Photo of Michelle O'Neill Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I confirm that we wish to take the Department for Communities, and I nominate Deirdre Hargey MLA as the Minister.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Will Deirdre Hargey confirm that she is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Deirdre Hargey Deirdre Hargey Sinn Féin

Deimhním go bhfuil mé toilteanach glacadh leis an ról seo. I confirm that I am willing to take up the office of Minister for Communities, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Ms Deirdre Hargey appointed Minister for Communities.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I call on Dolores Kelly, 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 Member to hold it who is a member of her party and a Member of the Assembly.

Photo of Dolores Kelly Dolores Kelly Social Democratic and Labour Party

Mr Speaker, on behalf of the SDLP, it is my particular pleasure to nominate our party's deputy leader, Nichola Mallon, as Minister for Infrastructure.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Will Nichola Mallon confirm that she is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Nichola Mallon Nichola Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I confirm that I am willing to take up the office of Minister for Infrastructure, and I affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office as set out in schedule 4 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998. I sincerely thank my party for the nomination.

Ms Nichola Mallon appointed Minister for Infrastructure.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I call on Steve Aiken, 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 Member to hold it who is a member of his party and a Member of the Assembly.

Photo of Steve Aiken Steve Aiken UUP

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I nominate Robin Swann MLA as the new Minister of Health for Northern Ireland.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Will Robin Swann confirm that he is willing to take up —

[Laughter.]

Less of that.

Photo of Robin Swann Robin Swann UUP

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

Mr Robin Swann appointed Minister of Health.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I call on Arlene Foster, 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 Member to hold it who is a member of her party and a Member of the Assembly.

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

What is left, and what we are very happy to take, is the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. I nominate Edwin Poots MLA.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Will Edwin Poots confirm that he is willing to take up the office and affirm the terms of the Pledge of Office?

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

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

Mr Edwin Poots appointed Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I thank the Assembly for its patience. That concludes the appointment of Ministers under the d'Hondt process. I offer my congratulations to all those who have taken up office.

The next item of business in the Order Paper on this fine Saturday afternoon is the Adjournment. The Business Committee will meet after this sitting to consider an Order Paper for the next sitting. If the Business Committee agrees, an Order Paper will issue and be available electronically from the Business Office.

Adjourned at 3.26 pm.