Business going smoothly…

Willie Hay is the speaker. Francie Molloy, David McClarty and John Richard Dallat his deputies all elected unanimously. Both Paisley and McGuinness accept the pledge of office, though no one actually has to say the pledge, just affirm its terms. Catriona Ruane is Education Minister, and the first Sinn Fein official to give us a convincing rendition of their acceptance in Irish (Conor Murphy a decent second). Robinson and Dodds take Finance and Commerce respectively. McGimpsey takes health; Margaret Ritchie for Social Development. Arlene Foster takes Environment, whilst her erstwhile rival Michelle Gildernew takes Agriculture (not a murmur from the chamber, when she affirms the pledge). After Edwin Poots gets Arts, Reg asks himself to take Employment and learning and succeeds in confusing the Speaker in the process. Ian Junior and Gerry Kelly are last to affirm the pledge of office…

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