Emma Pengelly to become the new Jnr Minister in OFM/DFM

This rumour was doing the rounds last week, but in my ignorance, I thought it unlikely due to Emma’s role in the DFP committee and the fact she has only been there as an MLA for a few weeks. But Peter Robinson is set to appoint Emma to replace Michelle McIlveen as the new Junior Minister in OFM/DFM.

Speaking to Rebecca Black in the Belfast Telegraph today, Emma says;

I am looking forward to the challenge and also the opportunities that it provides,

I come from having been a special advisor in the department, so I will obviously be aware of all of the key issues it has been involved with in the last eight years.


David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs