DUP nominations for ministerial posts revealed

The DUP have unveiled their starting line-up for ministerial posts, although there’s an expectation that they will move other MLAs into the ministerial positions at some point in the future. That starting line-up will be – Minister for Finance and Personnel, DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson. Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Industry, Nigel Dodds. Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Edwin Poots. And Minister for the Environment, Arlene Foster. Ian Paisley Jnr is to be a junior minister in the Department of First and Deputy First Minister. Update below the foldFrom the comments zone

The rest of the appointments are:

Sammy Wilson – Chair DE
Iris Robinson – Chair DHSSPS
William McCrea – Chair DARD
Gregory Campbell – Chair DSD
Jeffrey Donaldson – Chair Institutional Review Committee

George Dawson – V Chair DFP
David Hilditch – V Chair DSD
Jimmy Spratt – V Chair DEL
George Robinson – V Chair DRD

Maurice Morrow – Chair Procedures Committee
Mervyn Storey – V Chair Procedures Committee

Robin Newton – Chair Audit Committee

Police Board = Jeffrey Donaldson, Peter Weir, David Simpson & Tom Buchanan.

Stephen Moutray – Assembly Commission.

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  • pith

    The report states, “The DUP leader said Sinn Fein was a different party from the one the DUP faced when it embarked on a process of trying to transform republicanism.”

    Is the DUP a different party too? Has Sinn Fein transformed it?

  • URQUHART

    I don’t normally have a lot of sympathy for those working in ‘the arts community’ here, but Edwin Poots?

    Edwin Poots?

    They must want this Long Kesh thing real bad.

  • Doctor Who

    Edwin Poots Ha! Ha! Ha!

    I think the DUP will severely under estimate the emotive issues connected with the Maze stadium nonsense.

    If Poots wants to gain any credibility at all, the first thing he should do is put an end to the Maze plan. The very least he should do is to open a public enquiry and feasibility study.

    Say no th the Maze, say yes to Ormeau Park.

  • full list

    The rest of the appointments are:

    Sammy Wilson – Chair DE
    Iris Robinson – Chair DHSSPS
    William McCrea – Chair DARD
    Gregory Campbell – Chair DSD
    Jeffrey Donaldson – Chair Institutional Review Committee

    George Dawson – V Chair DFP
    David Hilditch – V Chair DSD
    Jimmy Spratt – V Chair DEL
    George Robinson – V Chair DRD

    Maurice Morrow – Chair Procedures Committee
    Mervyn Storey – V Chair Procedures Committee

    Robin Newton – Chair Audit Committee

    Police Board = Jeffrey Donaldson, Peter Weir, David Simpson & Tom Buchanan.

    Stephen Moutray – Assembly Commission.

  • Interesting what this announcment means for the number of women in the Executive as well.

    http://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/2007/04/16/mna-na-tuaisceart-lead-the-way/

  • dodrade

    What are the odds against any stadium being built anywhere?

  • assemblywatchman

    Edwin Poots, Minister for White Elephants

  • Oilibhear Chromaill

    There are some significant quotes in the DUP leader’s statement which ought to be highlighted in the context of the pledge of office which all ministers will be required to take, ie to serve all the community.

    Most worrying is this following statement: As a result of the election we have secured for unionism, for the first time, a majority unionist executive where seven of the twelve ministers are unionist. The majority of committee chairmen as well as the composition of the committees will represent the unionist majority.

    This seems to indicate the the Committee Chairmen will be merely representing unionists and it implies that the DUP ministers will have scant regard for any but unionist concerns. The message apppears to be: Unionism expects…

    The DUP has got to get its head around that i t is in a powersharing arrangement. That’s what the majority voted for – and the DUP by itself only represents some 30 per cent of the voters. That’s not a majority. The Majority voted for powersharing, not for DUP rule by itself.

  • kensei

    “The DUP has got to get its head around that i t is in a powersharing arrangement. That’s what the majority voted for – and the DUP by itself only represents some 30 per cent of the voters. That’s not a majority. The Majority voted for powersharing, not for DUP rule by itself.”

    Fortunately, the DUP was so worried about spiking SF it gave away the power to control it. It might have started believing it’s own rhetoric, but the fact remains that SF’s veto is as large and as potent as the DUP’s.

    So basically, they can talk as much as they like.

  • USA

    If Paisley Sr dies within the next, say 5 years, does that mean McGuinness becomes First Minister or does it fall to another DUP rep.
    What is the procedure in such an event?

  • Philip

    Let me get this right, Alderman Poots MLA represents the Downshire ward as councillor that encompasses the old Maze prison. As a minister of is suppose to be free of a conflict of interest how quickly do you think a legal challenge will be lodged against the future minister of Culture, Arts, & Leisure? Puss in Poots.

  • George

    Philip,
    that wouldn’t constitute a conflict of interest as they are both public duties.

    But it does mean that a major Maze advocate will be in a position of power regarding the stadium.

    Personally, I think it is beginning to show all the attributes of the Bertie Bowl. If there isn’t substantial movement soon, it won’t get built.

  • “As a result of the election we have secured for unionism, for the first time, a majority unionist executive where seven of the twelve ministers are unionist.”

    So what? With all the checks and balances, including some new ones negotiated by the DUP to contain SF but equally applicable to their own ministers, the 7-5 split is meaningless. More spin from the DUPers.

  • shot the bolt

    No place at the top table for Gregory Campbell?

    Bit of a slap in the face that.

    He’ll have to set the stall up at Rossnowlagh this year and flog a bit more bunting and Prince William Mugs.

  • BP1078

    But it does mean that a major Maze advocate will be in a position of power regarding the stadium.

    George,
    Previously we were dealing with the NIO which was 100% committed to the project, I would have been more frightened of their ability to steamroller this project through. But for some reason, they are happy to pass the buck over to Edwin now and let him claim the credit, wonder why?

    And Minister or not, Poots will not have final say on where the stadium is built, the Executive will. And you obviously haven’t see Mr Poots in action, he is not the first person who would come to mind capable of persuading hard-bitten private investors to dig deep in their pockets for a Stadium at the End of The Rainbow(or 1.5 km off the M1 even).

    But leaving aside my own bias, what exactly is Poot’s qualification for Culture Arts and Leisure?
    The job will surely involve a lot more than facing down angry Norn Iron fans, will he be expected to, like, give speeches and stuff and go to theatres, galleries and operas?
    Edwin Poots??????

  • dodrade

    “Interesting what this announcement means for the number of women in the Executive as well.”

    Its not the great step towards female equality in politics it appears. These women just all happen to be their parties likely candidates in what will be two of the closest fought seats at the next general election, Gildernew v Foster in FSY (Surely the UUP will be unable to withstand DUP pressure to stand aside this time)and Ruane v Richie in South Down. I expect some of them to be replaced by men after the election is over.

  • weethom

    After the nuisance he has made of himself with numerous parialmentary questions about policing – it will be a real hoot to see what David Simpson does on the policing board.

    Up until now every unionists that has gone into it has been utterly poodle-esque. it will be a welcome relief to finally see a unionist member who will actually try to hold the rozzers to account.

  • Alan Law

    USA

    The position of First and Deputy First Minister have equal constitutional authority. The position of First Minister falls the the largest party. Deputy to the largest party from the opposite designation of the First Minister.

    Eq Dup largest unionist party – First Minister
    Sinn Fein largest nationalist party – Deputy 1st Minister.

    If someone resign / dies / abducted by aliens. Their seat is replaced by their nominee and the position they held if Ministerial is replaced by someone from their own party.

    So if Paisley died then his party will nominate someone from the party to replace him.

    Alan

  • poodler

    With Poots in charge and McIlduff head of the committee, Its the Maze or nothing.

    The political football crowd can stay in their roofless stadium, lol.

    And if they don’t build it, who cares, the IRFU & GAA will continue with their improvements to Casement & Ravenhill.

  • BP1078

    George,

    Yes, almost forgot to mention Edwin’s assistant, but poodler has very kindly helped me out; step forward please-Bazzer McIlduff, another appointment who’s absolutely dripping in cultural quality.

    If you didn’t know better, you’d almost believe DUP/SF were trying to sabotage the whole caboodle by appointing these two clowns…

  • George

    BP1078,
    you nearly would think that wouldn’t you.

    I have to admit that the only time I took an interest in Poots was after the schoolbus tragedy in Meath when he came out demanding seatbelts for northern buses without saying how he saw this happening. Many months later Sammy Wilson came out and said the 50 million simply wasn’t there.

    I fear it could be the same process again with Mr. Poots talking about world-class facilities at the Maze before Robinson comes out out with three juicy cheques of xx million each, one for the IFA, IRFU and GAA to upgrade their respective facilities.

  • George

    Oh yeah, I wouldn’t hold much truck with the NIO being 100% behind the Maze. Talk is cheap and they knew they would never be handing any cash over on their watch.

  • iluvni

    Perhaps the Ministry for Culture, Arts and Leisure should be set-up in a portakabin at the Maze site. Then Mr Poots and his good friend Mr McIlduff could get an idea what it would be like being situated in an isolated field out in the arsehole of nowhere.

  • 4thlanark

    It’s the scalps of the current incumbents in the North-South bodies (under DCAL) that the DUP are after. Given that the current management of these bodies have made a fist of it by alledgedly bullying and harassing their staff (see Belfast Telegraph reports for the past 3 years), the DUP senses some easy targets with which to get the real political processes up and running, and also to make the Irish Government look like they don’t give a toss about the “North” aspect of the N-S bodies.

  • BallymenaMan

    Slightly OT, but anyone care to speculate what Big Ian’s “Amazing” security announcement will be in a few days, which he teased about today on the steps of Stormont?

  • Comrade Stalin

    I hope the executive puts a stop to this bollocks about the Maze. It will be a complete and total disaster.

  • fair_deal

    I think there is an over-focus on one minister and the decisions involved will cut across a series of departments.

    On balance I think it is more likely that the Maze won’t happen rather than will. It will involve a degree of political will and party discipline to push it through that will be hard to marshal and maintain. At the end of the day there will be much more popular ways to spend the money than on this project and the infrastructure it will require.

  • GavBelfast

    I hope the executive puts a stop to this bollocks about the Maze. It will be a complete and total disaster.
    Posted by Comrade Stalin on Apr 16, 2007 @ 11:03 PM

    You know, the mischief-maker in me hopes they try to go ahead with it.

  • Gonzo

    So Willie Hay for Speaker then?

  • gerry

    I would much rather see the money spent on schools and hospitals.

    There is no need for a new sports stadium.

  • USA

    Thanks Alan.

  • darth rumsfeld

    …Martin McGuinness was a DUP mole all the time, being run by Willie McCrea?

  • darth rumsfeld

    ..er that post should have included a link to Ballymenaman’s question on page 1

  • pith

    Tonight on Newsnight Review Edwin Poots and Barry McIlduff give their views on the latest offerings in the world of the arts and whether there should be a football pitch at the H-blocks.

    I think I’m turning snabby.

  • Philip

    Was at the Race course Inn Yesterday at the Maze. Everything is being knocked down to be make way for appartments etc. No local can afford to stay in area … sounds familiar?