Whilst it is true that d’Hondt is not to run until the deadline of 8th May, Peter Hain has facilitated a ‘dry run’ so that we now know who’s got what in terms of Executive responsibility. No bad thing, perhaps, considering the amount of review work they will all have to catch up with.
DUP – finance, enterprise, environment and culture
Sinn Fein – education, regional development, agriculture
UUP – health, employment and learning
SDLP – social development
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