#DUPshuffle …the new ministerial line up

The departure of Jim Wells as Health Minister has given the First Minister an opportunity to conduct a more wide ranging reshuffle of the DUP ministers in the Executive:

Department of Finance: Arlene Foster

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Jonathan Bell

Department of Health: Simon Hamilton

Department of Social Development: Mervyn Storey

Junior Minister in OFM/DFM: Michelle McIlveen

Fun Fact: The departure of Jim Wells and the addition of Michelle McIlveen has seen the average age of the DUP ministerial team fall from 50 years of age to 48 years of age.

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  • Pete

    Dunno why Hamilton would agree to move from Finance to Health… I guess he maybe wasn’t given a choice.

  • chrisjones2

    Perhaps the table was uneven when they played ‘spin the bottle’?

  • Andrew J McNair

    I remember seeing Tom Buchanan in First Ministers Questions trying to read out a question, and stumbling over every word… and he’s a minster for learning? The man can’t read!

  • Sharon Robinson

    Not one of the bright sparks within the DUP admittedly.

  • chrisjones2

    No hes not a minister. He is a Committee member. Reading isn’t a requirement for an MLA

  • Brian O’Neill

    That ones actually funny Chris well done 😉

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Spin the bottle and Arlene Foster should never be thought off together.

  • Ernekid

    Maybe the DUP have finally realised that having a fundamentalist creationist in charge of the Health department isn’t a great idea?

    When they rejig the Departments will they have another reshuffle?

  • notimetoshine

    I’m surprised that Arlene Foster has been moved from DETI. No fan of the DUP but Arlene Foster seemed competent and genuinely engaged in that key role.

  • what concerns me

    what have I missed – last I heard Jonathan Bell was health minister??

  • what concerns me

    Jonathan being rewarded for taking custody of 2 of Robinson’s kids – should have kept Arlene in a role that she was good at, why move Simon Hamilton with only 1 year of tenure left? Moving Storey to a portfolio role seems a strange move – and Michelle – well we’ll hear little from her whilst she’s being groomed for higher things

  • Sliothar

    Looks like you’re teacher’s pet (see below)….
    …for a while.

  • Simon Hamilton’s had two weeks of a handover from Jim Wells and the department to hit the ground running now the General Election campaign is over and Stormont is back working full time. It’s the largest department in terms of budget and he knows from being holder of the piggybank where the pressures come each winter.

    Arlene is robust and capable of deciding and defending budget allocations. Good experience – particularly if she’s to take over as First Minister (again) at some point.

    As a successful committee chair, the junior ministry is a good test for Michelle McIlveen for the party to assess whether she’s in line for a ministry in the future. It’s worked for Jonathan Bell who’s been loyal to the party, legged it from Strangford to South Belfast to campaign and can now spend the net year bringing Arlene’s plans and job announcements into land at DETI (while hopefully setting up some new ones).

    It’s a clever reshuffle – even if only for a year.

  • Ernekid

    Does this mark the end of Arlene Foster holding things?
    http://arlenefoster.holdings/

  • Sharon Robinson

    With the exception of Arlene all are in the Orange Institution which a big plus and Arlene is at least married to an Orangeman.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Sharon, this is almost the first time someone has actually used the proper name of the Orange Institution on Slugger, mostly it gets called the OO (“Orange Order”) and such. It’s a real pity you seem to have missed Joe_Hoggs who was a strongly involved member of the institution who was concerned enough to offer serious and detailed information about the Institution here in answer to misunderstandings.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Good stuff Sharon, nice to see that they are representative of the wider community.

  • Joe Logue

    I think Hamilton would agree with some of the Caleb Found. rubbish.

  • Sharon Robinson

    I’m not a member myself although I am giving it some consideration, I would be keen to learn more about it however.

  • Sharon Robinson

    Agreed, good to see.

  • chrisjones2

    What do Junior Ministers actually do?

  • chrisjones2

    That was hours ago

  • chrisjones2

    Wow…I am shocked

  • Ernekid

    Is there anyone in the DUP who isn’t a Caleb Foundation Lunatic?

  • notimetoshine

    Just out of interest how does their membership of that organisation be of benefit when deciding health policy, attracting foreign investment or implementing fiscal policy?

  • Sharon Robinson

    Just speaking as a Unionist voter, makes them more trustworthy.

  • Nevin

    Just a small point, Sharon, there’s the Independent Loyal Orange Institution as well as the mainstream LOI. For example, Mervyn Storey is a member of the former whereas Simon Hamilton is a member of the latter. The ILOI appears to have begun as a working man’s version of the LOI ie landlord free.

  • notimetoshine

    Aha, but does it make them competent? Surely the key indicator of a successful minister? And by your reasoning would a minister who is not a member be less trustworthy, or indeed deceitful?

  • james

    Whereas having a SF member (generally either/and a supporter of, or former member of the IRA) – who helped to provide NI hospitals with so much business over the years – makes sense, does it?

  • Sharon Robinson

    Well I’m having trouble accepting Danny Kinnohan and I was always dubious of Peter Robinson.

  • Sharon Robinson

    That is all correct Nevin.

  • notimetoshine

    Well they are most assuredly pro union and surely that’s the main thing.

  • Ernekid

    Why does being a member of an Orange Lodge make them more trustworthy? If they were a member of a hill walking club or a choir would you judge them as being trustworthy?
    As the orange order represents a tiny minority of wider society shouldn’t we worry about its undue influence over our government?

  • Catcher in the Rye

    I suspect this is one of those deals where if you have to ask the question then you’re not going to like the answer.

  • Brian O’Neill

    You have your moments. I am still waiting on your first post 😉

  • Robin Keogh

    Why on earth would the DUP bother to represent the wider community? Why change the habit of a lifetime

  • submariner

    Is this some kind of joke or are you some sort of female Uncle Andy?

  • Robin Keogh

    Its far more important to look at the now James in terms of representation and the impact on the public good. Your obsession with the past is mysterious as you come across as a bright enough person but in short, appointing a cabal of homophobes to office is not a great start

  • Robin Keogh

    Ha ! I am in stitches here ….brilliant

  • An interesting diagram. None of the committee chairs or deputy chairs are from opposition parties. They are all in parties which have ministers. So there is no incentive to do properly independent investigations.

  • Ernekid

    The ‘opposition’ in the Northern Ireland assembly is about 5 MLAs. It’s unlikely that McCrea, Sugden, McNarry, Agnew or Alistair would become a committee chairperson or be able to carry out an independent investigation

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    James, that was uncalled for.

    Ernekid’s point is valid, you just threw in a whataboutery, we can’t expunge all the DUP’s shortcomings by saying “well, what about SF eh?”

    Having a creationist in charge of a system that uses things like radioactive sources (i.e. things older than 5000 years) may arguably (emphasis on ‘may’ and ‘arguably’) not be a good idea.

    How can you be depended on to unbiasedly determine such matters when in theory such technology can’t exist due to your religious beliefs?

    Again, it’s speculation, the truth is I honestly don’t know if Poots or Wells were competent and efficient operators, they may well have been, but from the outset there does seem to be a few hurdles that need to jumped.

    Either way, I don’t see how it’s beneficial to the discussion to just kybosh the whole chat because a different party may or may not be suitable for the same role.

    Ernekids comments were about the DUP, you made them about SF and the discussion stopped.

    Why not just follow the discussion through and then lay into SF when the opportunity presents itself (which it frequently does) on another thread?

  • Sharon Robinson

    It could only be seen as a joke on a site such as O’Toole.

  • james

    I take your point, and you make it well. Hat off. What I’m saying is somebody has to do it, and it isn’t a role I think would be well-filled by either of the extreme parties.

  • james

    I myself don’t vote DUP and I have previously expressed my contempt and mystification for homophobia generally. I’m happy to look at the now and the future but, as the old saw goes, the lessons of the past must either be learned or repeated.

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    Cheers James.
    I agree entirely when you put it like that.

  • james

    To be fair, the Orange Order does have a lot of support among the general public. Most of us see it as a bit of a church outing with traditional, native music.

  • james

    Make tea? Though there’s a fair few I wouldn’t trust even with that.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Something we can agree and disagree on Sharon. Peter I have always distrusted, from what I’ve heard from a circle of people, some of whom know him. Danny I have met quite a few times and would trust with my life, as a man of a true moral rectitude of a kind that has almost vanished from the utterly cynical political culture of the province. While growing up, through my extended family I met many people of similar decency and integrity in the old NI Labour party and on the liberal wings of Unionism and Nationalism. Old fashioned (pre B.F. Skinner) concepts such as “honour” come up when I think about them today. I can think of no-one in the DUP who match them. I have considerable trouble trusting the DUP for any consistency of purpose that is not simply rooted in electoral advantage, as with their uncannily exact mirror image in this respect, SF.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    As long as that is how they harvest votes……

  • SeaanUiNeill

    A most interesting part of our common Irish tradition (I’ll be flayed alive for saying that by both sides!) containing in its ranks both some of the most intractable and most liberal imaginations! Joe_Hoggs discussed this on Slugger with myself and Morpheus (surprisingly pro the Institution in Derry from his positive contacts with the Apprentice Boys) at on point, especially over the issue of “civil and religious liberty”, which is exactly what I was in NICRA and the PD to ensure. My own problem is the anti-Catholic stance, something I’ve frequently argued with both my step-father and my brother who are past masters of lodges.

    I suggest you google Joe_Hoggs, myself and Morpheus and see what Slugger discussions come up.

  • Granni Trixie

    A backward step to bring up her husbands affiliation. She has the job,she has the responsibility. End of.

  • Joe Logue

    Maybe Arlene.My real problem is not with the DUP but with the many thousands that vote for them.Are all those voters from the dark ages? my cat knows the Union is safe so why vote Dup? this is the most backward political party in Europe.

  • > When they rejig the Departments will they have another reshuffle?

    The reform of departments happens immediately after the next Assembly election (due in May 2016 … or sooner). That’s when d’Hondt will be re-run and the parties will select departments. Expect some significant changes – perhaps Sinn Fein taking economy rather than eduction.

  • Committee chairs and deputies chosen by running d’Hondt too. There was an argument – from John McCallister? – that rather than restart d’Hondt after Executive places it should just continue running and that would give the smaller parties more positions at the top of committees.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Is a DUPshuffle a type of DUPstep?

  • Sharpie

    Aye, but would you trust them to go to the shops for you?

  • John Collins

    Absolutely agreed and always comes across as a’ cross community’ person particularly when she accompanied Peter Robinson to convey condolences to the Cardinal and the RC community on the death of Cardinal Daly

  • james

    No. Mostly, no.