Department of Employment and Learning goes, but Alliance keep Justice?

Stephen Farry, by all accounts one of the more competent ministers in the Executive, is likely to step down when legislation comes through the Assembly to axe his department. Ken Reid reports the deal between the DUP and Sinn Fein (they have all the power says Ken) will confirm Farry’s party leader David Ford in his current role as justice minister outside the d’Hondt mechanism.

Interestingly, the axing of this department will necessitate a re-run of d’Hondt (which, outside Big Al’s next gaffe, may be the only fun we hard core NI politics anoraks get this year)… It’s interesting to note that the ‘consultation period’ for these measures is a mere seven days… which must be a record for any consultancy on the hill…