Robinson Tweets out the old and Tweets in the news… [updated]

The DUP leader has been tweeting his long flagged cabinet reshuffle…

In summary

  • Edwin Poots (health minister) replaced by Jim Wells
  • Nelson McCausland (social development minister) replaced by Mervyn Storey
  • Mervyn Storey (education committee chair) replaced by Michelle McIlveen
  • Jimmy Spratt (regional development chair) replaced by Trevor Clarke
  • Paul Givan (justice committee chair) replaced by Alastair Ross
  • Jim Wells (health committee vice chair) replaced by Paula Bradley

And there’s more!

  • New agriculture chair – William Irwin
  • New culture chair – Nelson McCausland (a previous DCAL minister)
  • New culture vice chair – Gordon Dunne (DUP holds both the chair and vice chair)


  • Brenda Hale replaces Alastair Ross on the Policing Board
  • Ian McCrea will be Arlene Foster’s Assembly private secretary in DETI

Will there be a role for Edwin Poots?
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And changes to the party’s committee chairs…

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