These are the faces around the new NI Executive table …

The D’Hondt tombola has been turned and the ministries have been pulled out and names assigned by the team captains. [Ed – and the two Junior Ministers have been nominated too.]

The new NI Executive

  • First Minister – Arlene Foster (DUP)
  • Deputy First Minister – Martin McGuinness (SF)
  • Justice – Claire Sugden (Independent)
  • Economy – Simon Hamilton (DUP)
  • Finance – Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (SF)
  • Education – Peter Weir (DUP)
  • Infrastructure – Chris Hazzard (SF)
  • Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – Michelle McIlveen (DUP)
  • Communities – Paul Givan (DUP)
  • Health – Michelle O’Neill (SF)
  • Junior Minister – Alastair Ross (DUP)
  • Junior Minister – Megan Fearon (SF)

Some facts about the new Executive

7 new ministers at the table.

The average age of this Executive is just under 41 years of age.

Emma Pengelly, Jonathan Bell, Lord Morrow & Mervyn Storey are out from the DUP team.

Michelle O’Neill is the only Sinn Fein minister to be re-appointed from the last mandate.

 

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  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Please just keep it there!

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Possibly but would a monarch need to be that desperate?

  • Peter Lombard

    Paul Givan is entitled to his view. He is fair, which is more than can be said of so many secularists who seem capable of only personal attack when people take a different view.

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Except he wants to impose his ‘view’ onto the rest of us.

  • Glenn

    I am looking forward to see how the shinners/provos do in finance and health, and as the cook/chef/baker, former education minister kept on telling us there was no money how the DUP education minister does. I long to hear the verbal diatribe from the media mogul finance minister on how he is making all our lives better. Is Hamilton, the economics minister the new top ministry.

  • Jollyraj

    Yes indeed. Sinn Fein having done precisely nothing to address it in their time.

  • Jollyraj

    Very?

  • Msiegnaro

    In fairness I do think so – you don’t?

  • I think economy is the most positive ministry at least. You get to go around dawning hard hats and high vis jackets announcing new jobs. It helped arlene in the sense that it looked like she was doing something positive. If the fdi announcements dry up, the jobs market goes belly up and theres a raft of factory closures, then it will be much less appealing.

  • Granni Trixie

    Indeed.

  • Granni Trixie

    I know some of his family who go by the name of “Miller” so it’s his choice of name.

  • ted hagan

    Plenty of weemen to make the tea and sandwiches anyway.

  • ted hagan

    Why wreck a winning formula?

  • Glenn

    And do the socialists in the shinners/provos not want to impose their view on those who don’t want them??? A large section of the community both Roman Catholic and Protestant send their children to grammar schools and the shinners/provos in the guise of Martin McGuinness imposed their views on the “rest of us”.

  • Msiegnaro

    If only.

  • Msiegnaro

    Of course they can’t. Declan is stirring the pot.

  • Declan Doyle

    Chris Hazard is not bad looking

  • Declan Doyle

    Do u not think chris hazard is nice. Simon hamilton is gool looking too.

  • Declan Doyle

    What is wrong with appreciating someone’s fair looks? Is it not sort if reverse prejudice to ignore it.

  • Gaygael

    I wouldn’t touch Hamilton even in my most adventurous single days!!!

    But this is a POLITICAL blog. Can we stop and return to the issue at hand?
    Such as the appointment of Paul Givan being a calculated insult to the LGBT community?

  • Gaygael

    He is. Maybe you should read the ministerial code.

    He tried to bring forward a consultation which would ONLYmallow people of (Christian) faith to ONLY discriminate against LGB people if it meant endorsing or facilitating their relationships.

    Creating exemptions to equality law is called privilege. To allow differential treatment against only one group is called discrimination.

    He’s a sop to the DUP extreme right. He will take these hits, and those on welfare when it returns in 2017, and then be moved on.

  • Hugh Davison

    Shinners/Provos/Socialists? All your nightmares in one?

  • Hugh Davison

    Do you have any advice for the new minister?

  • Jollyraj

    Yes.

    Broad strokes?

    – make steps towards a genuine integration of our education system, remove barriers to entry for qualified teachers, take a hard line on any form of discrimination in the workplace, bring back the 11+, balance the latter with heavy focus on improving the options for those who don’t make the grade at 11+. And promote as many different sports and extra-curricular activities as resources will stretch to.

  • Jollyraj

    Don’t think it at all relevant. But if you’re really asking, one chap to another, no.

  • Granni Trixie

    Looks are superficial.

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Did his surname (I daren’t type it now) exist before he um … dyed it?

  • Declan Doyle

    It is certainly an insult but I would hold fire. It could be that a couple of side deals have been done. Lets wait and see.

  • Gaygael

    I fricking hope so.